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Peak Rail, Rowsley to Matlock railway, Derbyshire

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Peak Rail

Peak Rail have re-opened a section of the former Midland Railway, running services between their base at Rowsley South Station and Matlock Riverside a distance of approximately 6km. The Midland Railway operated between Manchester Central and London St Pancras and was started in 1849, though the section through the Peak was not constructed until the 1860s. The section between Matlock and Buxton was closed in 1968 and much of it now forms the Monsal Trail. Peak Rail is operated and maintained by volunteers, who have rebuilt the section of the line between Matlock and Rowsley, which is now open to the public throughout the year.

A restaurant car at Peak Rail
A restaurant car at Peak Rail
Matlock Riverside station is a short walk from the main Matlock station where regular services from Derby terminate. From there the line passes through Darley Dale (where there is a restored station with tea room and shop) to Rowsley, mostly alongside the River Derwent. At Rowsley Station there are numerous projects in progress - such as the LMS Carriage association, the Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway and the Heritage Shunters Trust. There is a tea room and a shop.

Peak Rail also run courses to gain footplate experience, on which you can learn to drive a steam engine.

Peak Rail engine
0 - Peak Rail engine
Restaurant car at Peak Rail
1 - Restaurant car at Peak Rail
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK263642 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
Rowsley South station lies just off the A6 road, about 2km south of Rowsley, between Bakewell and Matlock. Darley Dale station lies just off the A6 between Rowsley and Matlock, and Matlock Riverside station lies through Matlock Station near the centre of Matlock, just off the A6.

By Bus: The Trans-Peak bus (Nottingham to Buxton via Derby) goes along the A6, with an hourly service, stopping near Rowsley South station, at Darley Dale and at Matlock

By Train: there are regular trains from Derby to Matlock, from whence Matlock Riverside station is a short walk.
When is it open?

Trains usually run Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday from April - end of September, and at weekends and holiday weeks the rest of the year. There are extra events in summer. In Spring/Summer there are 5 trains a day from Rowsley South to Matlock and 4 per day the rest of the year. For a timetable click here
What does it cost?

Check the Peak Rail web site for the wide range of service available including simple train rides, steam cab rides, steam and diesel driving courses and onboard dining.

Steam & Diesel All day Rover Tickets -

Adult £8.50/ Senior Citizens £7.00/ Children under 3 years (maximum of two per paying adult) Free/ Children 3 - 5 years £2.50/ Children 6 - 15 years £4.50/ Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) £26.50

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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