Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Keighley, West Yorkshire
If you’re the kind of beardy bloke (or woman) who likes a heritage railway and a pint at the same time, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the place for you.
The line runs traditional steam and more modern diesel trains through the heart of Brönte country on a five-mile trip from Keighley up the Worth Valley to Haworth and Oxenhope.
Best of all, for those who like a spot of real ale, the journey’s trains all have a real-ale buffer car serving frothy pints from traditional hand pulls. Of course, you don’t have to imbibe to enjoy these magnificent old engines and carriages, the buffet car also serves up tea, coffee and a selection of snacks and soft drinks.
Real ale is not the only culinary draw for foodies either. Regular events include cream teas, afternoon teas, fish and chip trips, and regular curry evenings. There’s even a beer and music festival that caters for the taste buds of ale drinkers, cider lovers and wine connoisseurs.
Some of the steam trains are wonderfully restored Victorian engines on loan from the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust (LYRT) – and these offer a real chance to step back in time to a time when train travel was considered the height of luxury.
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