Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Derbyshire
Wirksworth Station Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4FB
MONTHS OPENMarch, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway travels through nine miles of beautiful unspoilt countryside from Duffield, just north of Derby to Wirksworth, the Gem of the Peak. The line features great views of the countryside from the comfort of one of our 1950s diesel trains. These trains are popular with young and old alike as you get a brilliant panoramic view and you can see the driver whilst he is driving.
The line features several stations along the route, with Wirksworth sporting on site facilities perfect for educational visits including a museum coach, interpretation boards and a large car park perfect for coaches. The historic town centre is just a stone's throw away too.
All visits can be tailored to your specific needs so please give us a call.
01629 823 076 (please quote UKST regarding group discount)
What makes us a great choice?
The Ecclesbourne Valley and Wirksworth Station in particular is steeped in history. The line served the many quarries of the area until 1989 and many of the features remain intact. There is a large tunnel where stone trains used to come under the town and there is a very steep line up to the quarries of Ravenstor where stone trains would start their journeys.
Should engineering be the subject, there is nothing more appropriate than railways. The design, the noise and the size of the trains, the rails and the infrastructure that carries the railway is a fascinating subject. Tours of the yard and maintenance area can give pupils a fascinating insight into rail technology from times gone by.
Accreditation and Awards
The railway prides itself on providing visitors with a great time. We have won the TripAdvisor Star Performer award for two years in a row.
Group Sizes Catered For
We can seat around 100 pupils on the train, although the interior capacity for lunch is limited to 80.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
An activity pack can be provided at a cost of £40 per class which includes activity sheets linked with what our officer is telling them, photographs and follow up material for teachers to take back to school following the visit. We can provide a sample of this should an organiser wish.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Children may take as many photographs, video and sound clips as they wish and there is no copyright.
Risk Assessment Details
We can provide a risk assessment as part of the booking to allow hassle free piece of mind. Our Education Officer has an enhanced DBS/CRB certificate also.
Education Officer Information
Our Education Officer is Eric Hills and he can be contacted on the same number. He may not be involved in taking your booking but he can help to answer any specific questions you may have. His contact details will be provided upon confirmation of a booking.
There are two examples. One is where the group travel in their own reserved area of a public train, for example a coach to themselves. This requires the visit to be on a day when the service is running. You can give us a call to find out this information or visit our website, where the dates are clearly marked. This is the most cost effective option as the charge is just £5.00 per child. There will be one free member of staff per 10 pupils. There is a £40.00 charge per class for the educational pack.
The alternative is to visit on a date when public trains are not running. This will mean that the train is operating just for your group only. The cost of this is £10.00 per child, with one free member of staff per 10 pupils. There is a £40.00 charge per class for the educational pack. The minimum group size for this is 20 pupils.
No specific clothing required for the trip though appropriate outdoor clothing is recommended.
First Aid Information
Train crew are qualified first aiders.
Wirksworth Station has two gift shops, a buffet car with seating capacity for 80. Prices vary in the shops depending on the item but many items are below £3.00. School parties receive 15% off in the Booking Office shop.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
There are disabled toilets at Wirksworth and Duffield Station's. Wheelchair passengers are accommodated in the Guards area of the train and access to the train is via portable ramps which the train crew assist with.
Opening Hours & Information
Full details of opening days and train times are on our website. Generally, in the winter is it is weekends and Tuesdays. We don?t operate in January and until February half term due to essential maintenance work, however it may be possible to organise for your group to visit, so please give us a call.
Towards summer we can operate up to 5 days a week so check the timetable for details.