The Peak District is famous for its railway lines which once transported both passengers and materials from the Peak District to the surrounding cities from the industrial revolution to the present day. A number of the original railway lines as well as a few vintage steam trains are still running and are open to the public. One of these lines is the Ecclesbourne valley railway which runs between Wirksworth and Duffield. Duffield station is on the national rail network and is accessible from a number of the UK’s major cities.
The Ecclesbourne Valley itself spans from Northern Derbyshire at Duffield over 9 miles to Wirksworth which is an ancient market town. There is also an extended piece of line running from Wirksworth to Ravenstor which is within a short walk of the High Peak Trail. Wirksworth itself is popular among visitors to the Peak District and contains a number of traditional pubs and shops.
The Ecclesbourne Valley train line is open every weekend in the summer season which is between Easter and October between 10 am and 4 pm. A trip on the train costs £12.00 for adults, £6.00 for children with family tickets also being available for £29.00. The Buffet at Wirksworth station is open all days of the week including days when trains are not running.