Churnet Valley Heritage Railway is just a 20 minute drive away, whether you choose to start at Cheddleton station or Froghall station.
The line runs between the two stations for just over 5 miles through what some call Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland.
Churnet Valley Railway runs between Froghall/Kingsley station and Cheddletonstation via a small Victorian station at Consall.
There is an additional branch line which travels to Cauldon Lowe however passengers aren’t allowed on or off the train here.
All of the stations have been restored to a fabulous condition and it really is like stepping back in time once you’re through the doors and onto the platform.
The scenery from the trains is very pretty if not spectacular, but there are some really good country walks from the stations, particularly from Consall.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of Harry Potter will love the steam trains, coaches with compartments and especially the tunnel!
If you add a walk into the trip, Churnet Valley Railway makes for an enjoyable day out and of course, if you’re a train buff, there’s lots to see.
If you plan to just ride the train, the journey up the line and back is quite short and even with a cup of tea and slice of cake at the station, it’s hard to fill a morning.
Is It Worth A Visit?
It’s definitely worth a morning or afternoon out of your stay at the Barn and if you happen to be here when there’s a special event on, it could well make for a great day out with the children.