One of this country’s most famous heritage railways is undoubtedly the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which stretches for five picturesque miles through rural West Yorkshire.
Starting at Keighley, the lines passes through Ingrow West, Damems – one of the smallest full size stations in Britain – Oakworth and Haworth, before ending at Oxenhope.
You may know that the line starred in the iconic 70s film The Railway Children, but the list of other film and television credits is really impressive too. Everything from A Touch of Frost to Last of the Summer Wine, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the Railway in action on the big or little screen already.
The track steams through Brontë Country, stopping at Haworth, where you can step back in time and see the landscapes which inspired Emily’s novel, Wuthering Heights.
And for even bigger step back into Victorian England, the Railway runs a vintage bus service from Haworth and Oxenhope stations to the Brontë Parsonage on occasional Sundays, where you can take advantage of discounted entry to the famous Brontë household.
If it’s the trains you’re particularly interested in, there are more than 30 locomotives based at KWVR, and you can even find out which engine will be pulling your train. Just head to the KWVR website for a roster of present and future locomotives.
It’s so easy to lose all sense of time when exploring the stations and the stunning villages which run along it, but that’s the sign of a good day out, isn’t it?
Prices: Day Rover Tickets £16 (Adult), £14 (con), £8 (child)
Opening Times: Every weekend throughout the year, school holidays (check timetable for details)
Car parking: Parking at stations
Attraction website: www.kwvr.co.uk
Sat Nav: BD21 4HP [Keighley railway station]
For more great days out, visit www.yorkshire.com