North Norfolk Railways and Train Journeys

North Norfolk Railways and Train Journeys

Travelling by train is a unique way to explore the North Norfolk countryside with numerous stations, tracks and lines dotted throughout the quaint villages and towns. The trains and stations form a vital part of the history of the area and are a cherished part of the heritage of Norfolk.

The traditional train routes and locomotives which still operate in this region are perfectly positioned to enable visitors to explore some of the most beautiful areas that North Norfolk has to offer. Due to their importance, the traditional local trains only run during the summer months, however there are special events held outside of these times so it’s always worth checking what’s going on whilst you are in the area. Trains are not only for the little ones but for all members of the family, evoking memories of a bygone era and enabling everyone to experience the thrill of riding a steam train. The 1940’s weekends, steam days and Santa’s grottos are particular favourites with both locals and visitors alike.

The luxury North Norfolk holiday cottages available at The Lowes are perfectly positioned to allow you to explore the area by train, with the North Norfolk Railways located just in the town centre of Holt. The following stations and lines are some of our personal favourites in the area and are definitely worth a visit to fill your itinerary whilst holidaying.

The North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line

The Poppy Line is a scenic heritage steam and diesel railway which travels between Holt and Sheringham with a station also located in Weybourne. Each year this popular attraction transports over 160,000 visitors through the countryside and coast. Thanks to its stations, the line is easily accessible from a number of different towns and welcomes all aboard with accessibility friendly carriages.

The Holt Station is located just a mile away from the town centre with a regular bus service stopping on the main road at the entrance of the station site. The station itself is full of facilities and boasts a gift shop, model railway, and The William Marriott Museum housed in a repurposed goods shed. This famed museum celebrates the shared history of M&GN railway and the man who ran the railway for more than 40 years from the building of the railway in 1883 to his retirement in 1924. The Sheringham station also has significant historical importance to the area and has recently been restored to its 1955 appearance with blue totems and enamel platform signs.

The Poppy Line also holds special events each year with the Vintage Train Days and Bank Holiday Steam Galas being firm favourites. The Norfolk Lights Railway event passes by the Garden Terrace Café during November giving those relaxing in Holt Garden Centre an illuminated view of the trains.

North Norfolk Railways and Train Journeys
North Norfolk Railways and Train Journeys

The Bure Valley Railway

This 9-mile-long narrow-gauge railway runs between Aylsham and Wroxham. After its initial opening in 1990 the railway had a range of well-appointed coaches but only one diesel locomotive which was used in its construction. Now there are a large number of trains calling the Bure Valley station home, one of which being the largest and most powerful 15-inch gauge steam locomotives ever built.

The trains operate daily between April and October with special events held throughout the year. All of the trains have wheelchair accessible coaches enabling everyone to experience this unique view of Norfolk.

Alongside the tracks is the public Bure Valley path which can be used by cyclists and walkers to travel into the neighbouring towns to explore and then return by train.

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Travelling along a four mile stretch between Wells and Walsingham, this railway is the longest 10 and a quarter inch narrow gauge railway in the world. The line opened in 1982 and transports guests between the coast and the countryside during the 30-minute ride.

The line is home to the unique Garratt locomotives “Norfolk Hero” and “Norfolk Heroine” built specially for this line. The railway is easily found at Stiffkey Road and is perfect for children to experience the sounds, sights and feeling of travelling on a steam train.

Whitwell and Reepham Railway

Home to numerous running steam and diesel engines, the Whitwell and Reepham railway is a bustling station nestled just outside of the town centre of Reepham. As well as an active line, the station is home to a museum detailing the history of this and other heritage railways in the area. The station has been lovingly restored to its former 1930s glory and re-opened in 2009.

The Reepham station is home to a very popular café and a few local businesses which make for the perfect area to refuel and find a few hidden treasures.

Much like the Bure Valley Railway, the track is accompanied by a public walking and cycling path known as Marriott’s way, where passer-by’s merrily wave at those in the carriages, something that the children will love.

North Norfolk is full of rail lines that can transport you to various towns and villages whilst giving you a taste of the rich heritage that formed these once vital transport links. No matter the time of year there is often something happening at one of the stations.

Our holiday cottages are conveniently located in this network of tracks, offering our guests the opportunity to explore every part of the area from every perspective. If you would like to know more about our North Norfolk holiday cottages, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, even for last minute bookings and escapes.

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