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Churnet Valley Railway, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire

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Churnet Valley Railway

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Steam engine at Churnet Valley
Steam engine at Churnet Valley
The Churnet Valley Railway operates from Leekbrook via Cheddleton (5km south of Leek) and Froghall to Oakamoor, a distance of 11km, along the deep and picturesque valley of the River Churnet. The railway was once the North Staffordshire Railway (known as 'Owd Knotty' due to its emblem of the Staffordshire Knot) which ran from North Rode to Uttoxeter via Leek. The railway was closed as part of the Beeching cuts, between 1968 and 1970, though freight trains ran on part of the line until 1988.

Cheddleton Station
Cheddleton Station
The Churnet Valley Railway was started by enthusiasts with aid from the local authorities, and began running trains in 1996. These now run regularly at weekends between March and October and during the summer holidays, carrying 54,000 passengers in 2004. Several stations, including those at Cheddleton, Consall and Froghall, been restored.

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".

The 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 10 mile return journey along the valley, there's a taste of contrasting moorland scenery on the 16-mile round trip along the Cauldon branch.

Kingsley & Froghall Grid reference SK024471

Churnet Valley Railway engine
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Churnet Valley Railway steam engine
1 - Churnet Valley Railway steam engine
Cheddleton Station - Churnet Valley Railway
2 - Cheddleton Station - Churnet Valley Railway
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SJ982520 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
Kingsley & Froghall Station is on the A52 Stoke-Ashbourne road at Froghall, access is adjacent to The Railway Inn.

For satellite navigation users please input post codeST10 2HA.

No access restrictions apply and thecar park is ideal for coaches. All coach parties are advised to go to Froghall due to bridge restrictions at Cheddleton.

Cheddletonvillage is on the A520 Leek-Stone road between Leek and Cellarhead (junction with A52). On entering Cheddleton village, brown tourist signs direct you along either Station Road or Basford Bridge Lane, both of which will bring you to Cheddleton Station.

For satellite navigation users please input post codeST137EE.

No vehicular access is permitted at Consall Station and passengers are asked to respect the local countryside.

By Bus: Froghall is served by the 235 Leek-Cheadle service, operated by Clowes Coaches. Alternatively, the First 32 Hanley-Cheadle-Uttoxeter calls at Kingsley, Royal Oak which is approximately 15 minutes walk from the station.

Cheddleton is served by the 16 Hanley-Leek service and 106 Longton-Leek. Book to Station Road (Red Lion Inn) or Basford Bridge Lane, from either of which stops the station is approximately 15-20 minutes walk.

Consall Station is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Black Lion Inn at Consall Forge on the Caldon Canal.

When is it open?

For running dates and times please see our calendar pages on

Outside these times, footplate experiences, school parties, "Moorlander Limited" Wine & Dine evenings and charter services can be found running.

For special events, prior booking is essential. Enquiries from schools are especially welcome. For more details, contact Cheddleton Station on 01538 360522.

What does it cost?

Steam Hauled, All Day Travel

Adults £11.00/ Senior Citizens £9.00/ Children 4-14yrs £5.00/ Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) £28/ Dogs and cycles £1.50/ Children under 4 travel free.

One carer can travel free of charge with one fare paying disabled person.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary from event to event.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.


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