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.
- Dine in the restaurant car
- Enjoy the views
- Discover railway history
- Have a family picnic
PEAK RAIL MATLOCK
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
WHERE TO STAY IN THE 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
Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.
Rooms from £106 a night.
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.
I’m very welcome to travel on the train, but unfortunately for me, it’s Guide Dogs only in the Palatine Restaurant Car.