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Ecclebourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth, Derbyshire

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

historic interestgood for children
whithead 7The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has re-opened the line between Duffield and the Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales. Its headquarters are at Wirksworth Station where the railway's volunteers are busy working to bring the line back to life after many years of disuse. The line passes through the lovely Ecclesbourne Valley and the group are restoring the railway in stages and have now reached Duffield, where a new station has been erected (2016).

There are visitor facilities at Wirksworth Station (on Coldwell Street) including a Visitor Centre describing the project and a small shop and cafe. These are open every day from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, so do call the station (Tel: 01629 823076). On site is the sole remaining Derby Lightweight railcar unit. Built in 1954, "Iris" went into use as a departmental coach for some years and she has now been beautifully restored to her original condition. Visitors come from all over the country to see her with her being the last remaining rail vehicle of her kind!

Trains run between Wirksworth and Duffield on Saturdays on Sundays from mid-March to the end of October and also on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer months.

Admission to the station area is free and special events are held from time to time. Further information can be found on their website
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK290540 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
the former Wirksworth station lies just off the B5035 near the centre of Wirksworth. Coming from Matlock direction, turn off the A6 at Cromford and take the B5036 to Wirksworth, up the steep hill. From the south, the B5036 leads to Wirksworth from the A6 at Duffield.

By Bus: the R61 and 213 buses from Matlock to Derby and Wirksworth respectively stop nearby.
When is it open?

Wirksworth Station is open 10.00am to 4.00pm every day.

Trains run Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday from 11th February to the end of October, also Thursdays in June and September and every day except Monday and Wednesday in July and August. For a timetable click here

4 trains per day - 10.15 from Wirksworth and every 2 hours, returning an hour later from Duffield.
What does it cost?

Admission to the station is free and the train fares are available via the displayed link below.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening


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