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The Churnet Valley Railway

A delightful journey through Staffordshire's hidden valley

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire's "Little Switzerland".

Our picturesque stations offer lots of interest with a complete range of visitor facilities, and there's plenty more to see and enjoy along the way. In addition to the 11-mile return journey along the valley, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 9-mile round trip along the steeply graded Cauldon branch to Ipstones Loop.

The Stations

Kingsley & Froghall is an impressive North Staffordshire Railway-style station complete with award-winning traditional tea rooms, souvenir shop, picnic area and full disabled facilities. Only a short walk from the historic lime kilns and Froghall Wharf on the Caldon Canal.

Consall, set in a picturesque hamlet deep in the Churnet Valley, is the railway's "jewel in the crown". Sharing the valley floor with both the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet, this sleepy rural station is full of Victorian charm. No vehicular access is permitted at this station, and passengers are asked to respect the local countryside.

Cheddleton, the original home of the preserved railway with its impressive Grade II Listed Victorian Station, offers a small museum and is the location of our locomotive sheds. St Edward's Church and Cheddleton Flint Mill are both within walking distance along the Caldon Canal towpath.

Leek, the original focul point of the Churnet Valley Line when part of the national netwrok. Closed in 1970, and demolished in 1973, efforts are being made to re-open the line into this busy Market Town. A new station is proposed alongside a canal marina, all as part of a development to enhance tourism in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Cauldon Lowe branch

Opened to passenger services in November 2010, the Cauldon Lowe branch offers a contrasting experience to the Churnet Valley line. Currently trains operate over a 4.5 mile section from Leekbrook Junction to Ipstones Station Loop which takes visitors over typical moorland scenery with far-reaching views.

The branch line, which offers some of the steepest gradients in the country, was acquired by Moorland & City Railways in 2009 and restored during 2010 with support from the enthusiastic volunteers of the Churnet Valley Railway.

Passengers are not currently able to alight from trains at Ipstones.

 

Line Diagram 2015

 

CVR Gradient Profile (Click for full-size)

 

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