The South Tynedale Railway is the highest narrow gauge railway in the North of England, winding for five miles from its home at Alston in Cumbria, into Northumberland and the terminus at Slaggyford. From beginning to end is an hour and a half round trip through some stunning North Pennine scenery, where you may spot deer, birds of prey, and even red squirrels. You could also leave the train for a walk on the South Tyne Trail. Bring a picnic or sample the food at the Crossing café in Alston or the Buffet Car café at Slaggyford, where there's free parking and gift shops at both stations. Photos: Dave Hewitt and David Williams (Calico Images)
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Railway carriage for wheelchairs, pre-booking not required, accessible lift to viewing gallery in engineering workshop
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, Tue, Thu and weekends; open daily during school holidays. Santa Specials in Dec please see website for full details
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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