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What's all the fuss about?

Weardale Railway was once a part of the historical Stockton and Darlington line with a terminus at Wearhead. Weardale Railways CIC owns sixteen miles of track between Bishop Auckland and Eastgate in Weardale, County Durham. Weardale is a beautiful area, much of which falls within the North Pennies AONB, and is a fantastic place for outdoor pursuits including walking, cycling, and watching the local wildlife. Our railway currently runs between Witton-le-Wear and Stanhope Station, nestled in beautiful Stanhope. A trip along the line will allow you breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery from a viewpoint that can’t be seen by road. Currently, the Weardale Railway Trust operates summer heritage services on the line, and over Christmas we operate the increasingly popular Polar Express trains. As a community interest company, we are not for profit, and are focused on seeing rail brought back to the dale. Our aims are to rectify the issues at Broken Banks near Bishop Auckland so that we can once again run through to this station, where our track connects to Network Rail infrastructure. We also want to encourage tourism within Weardale and promote local businesses. Weardale Railway is an excellent family day out. Why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?

Visit Us


We are situated in the picturesque Weardale, Co. Durham. From the A1, follow the signs for Weardale and turn off onto the A68 at junction 58. Stay on the A68 to Harperley Roundabout and follow signs for Stanhope onto the A689 for around ten miles until you come to Stanhope. The postcode for Stanhope Station for your satnav is DL13 2YS.

For Witton-le-Wear, come off the A1 at the same junction but turn into Witton-le-Wear (signposted) between Toft Hill and Fir Tree. If you come out of one and reach the other, you’ve gone too far. Our platform at Witton-le-Wear doesn’t have a post code, but a close one for your satnav is Station Road at DL14 0AN. We also have stations at Frosterley and Wolsingham, both in Weardale. Trains stop at Frosterley on request and Wolsingham is a regular stop.

Things To Do


Weardale is a wonderful place to visit if you love the outdoors and culture. When you’ve had a ride out on the train, or for waiting between trains, our No. 40 Café is ready and waiting for your order with home-cooked meals plus all manner of sweet treats and refreshments, including freshly ground coffee. Within Stanhope itself, only a short walk from the railway, are an array of local independent shops, three pubs, an art gallery, and the Weardale open air swimming pool. There are places to stay including B&Bs and hotels. Further afield in Weardale, you could take a trip to the Weardale Museum in Ireshopeburn, or visit Killhope Lead Mining Museum. There’s plenty to do in the local area for a fabulous day out or weekend away.

UPCOMING EVENTS


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An Evening of Ghost Hunting with Spectre Detectors

July 29th 2017

July 29th 2017 sees the return of Spectre Detectors

The evening will run from 9pm-1am and ticket price includes being part of the investigation for the night and food and refreshments from No. 40 Café, which will be staying open late especially for the event. Spectre Detectors will bring along their team of mediums and their specialist equipment including night vision cameras and recording equipment to investigate paranormal activity at the station. This is a one-off chance to be a part of the team and witness these events for yourselves at Stanhope, and proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the Weardale Railway Trust for the maintenance of their No. 40 locomotive. Tickets will go on sale soon, so watch this space!

No. 40 Café is named for the locomotive owned by the Weardale Railway Trust that is currently undergoing repairs. Situated within our station in Stanhope, the café offers beautiful home-cooked food, wonderful cakes and scones, cream teas, all manner of soft drinks, and freshly ground coffee. The café is family friendly and is open 10.00am – 4.30pm Wednesday – Sunday. We welcome everyone including walkers, cyclists, bikers, children, and even dogs, who can come along and sit on the platform in our outdoor seating area. There are indoor and outdoor tables, or you can opt to dine on our first class Polar Express carriage stationed on the platform, which could help you decide on coming back for The Polar Express at Christmastime!

Contact us


Contact Info

Stanhope Station
Weardale, Co. Durham DL13 2YS

DocumentController@britamrail.com

(01388) 526 203