Peak Rail, Matlock to Rowsley Heritage Railway, Derbyshire

Peak Rail is a heritage railway line in the heart of the Peak District. It operates both steam and diesel locomotives along a 4 mile stretch of track between Rowsley South and Matlock. Sit back and enjoy Afternoon Tea from the comfort of the restaurant car.

Peak Rail Steam Train running between Matlock and Rowsley
They love to celebrate the golden age of the steam train in Derbyshire. It’s a short line but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a cream tea or a 1940s themed lunch in the Palantine Restaurant Car. The railway is down the road from Caudwell Mill so it’s easy to combine a visit to both attractions on the same day. The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Dine in the restaurant car
  • Enjoy the views
  • Discover railway history
  • Have a family picnic



Step Aboard A Steam Train

The line forms part of the old Midland line railway which once operated between Manchester Central and London St Pancras and closed in 1968. It has been restored largely by volunteers and now operates all year round on key dates providing visitors to the Peak District with the opportunity to step back in time to the nostalgic age of the steam train.

Eat in The Palantine Restaurant Car

Treat yourself to Sunday lunch or Afternoon Tea in one of their two restaurant cars or visit for a special themed event such as the popular 1940s weekend. They also run a Night Train on select dates where you can taste local and specialist ales. Families may prefer to eat outdoors at the picnic spots at either Rowsley South or Darley Dale station. If you fancy a coffee and a hot bacon butty, there’s also a Buffet Car café at Rowsley station.


  • At Darley Dale station, there’s a small museum displaying memorabilia and posters where you can find out more about the history of the railway
  • It takes 30 volunteers to operate the railway each day. If you fancy working in a dining car or would love to make the flowers bloom on the station platform, here’s your golden opportunity
  • Trainspotting foodies should check out the National Tramway Museum at nearby Crich. Go for its 1940s week to enjoy a plate of spam, chips and egg


The Cavendish Hotel Baslow Peak District

The Cavendish Hotel

Baslow, Peak District

Located on the Chatsworth House Estate, The Cavendish Hotel restaurant has won an AA 2 Rosette Award.

Rooms from £99 a night.

The Devonshire Arms Pilsley Peak District

The Devonshire Arms

Pilsley, Peak District

Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.

Rooms from £106 a night.


The Peacock at Rowsley Peak District

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley, Peak District

A homely boutique hotel in the heart of the Peak District national park, known for its fine dining restaurant.

Rooms from £190 a night.


Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks expert dog friendly days out Peak District

I’m very welcome to travel on the train, but unfortunately for me, it’s Guide Dogs only in the Palatine Restaurant Car.

Mr Hendricks



Peak Rail Matlock Station, Station Yard, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NA


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