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Ok, so there's steam trains; what else is there to do?



Travel in beautiful hand-painted carriages behind one of Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Trains at the 15-inch narrow gauge Kirklees Light Railway.

The 25-minute journey (each way) transports visitors three and-a-half miles through the foothills of the south Pennines from Clayton West to Shelley; taking in glorious countryside, the ancient Blacker Wood, deep cuttings and the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel - the longest tunnel on any 15-inch railway in Britain.  Whilst enjoying the views, look out for Emley Moor Mast and spot as many farm animals as you can in the surrounding fields!

There are currently six magnificent steam locomotives and two diesel engines to take you on your journey – which ones will you meet on your visit?

The journey one way takes approximately 25 minutes and a return trip can be completed in 65 minutes. If you're not in a hurry, take advantage of our standard Day Rover tickets which allow unlimited travel on the day you visit (subject to availability & not applicable at special events).

Recommended by roughguides.com as one of the best places to visit in Yorkshire.



We have outdoor playgrounds at both Clayton West Station and Shelley Station – perfect for young visitors to let off some steam!

The playground at Clayton West opened in 2018 and is the larger of the two playgrounds at the railway. It is securely fenced off, features a wooden train, swings, climbing frames and slides and is situated near to the picnic area.

The playground at Shelley is brand new (October 2019) and based around a train theme (what else?!) with a sandpit for the children to enjoy on sunnier days! It is securely fenced off and overlooks the platform so you can watch the trains come and go as you play.

Please note: the playgrounds are for the use of paying customers only and are only open when the railway is open to the public (unless you are on a scheduled group/school visit).



Redeveloped in early 2019, the Clayton Flyer outside Clayton West Station is our 7¼-inch miniature ride-on railway which whizzes around the duck pond.

Enjoy a lap of the two loops for just £1 per person and see if you can spot any of our resident ducks or newts on the way around.



Our well-stocked gift shop is located inside Clayton West Station. Selling an abundance of souvenirs, trinkets, toys, books, confectionary and starter model railway sets.



The railway allows access to numerous walks in and around the surrounding countryside and villages. Why not use your ticket to hop off at one of our halts and explore the surroundings on foot?

Walking routes around Clayton West, Skelmanthorpe and Shelley are accessible from the railway and can also be accessed from our intermediate stations at Cuckoo's Nest and Skelmanthorpe.  If you would like to board or leave the train at one of the intermediate stations, please speak to the guard or driver before your journey starts or give a clear signal to the guard to stop the train.

For a guide to walking the line in three sections, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to walk a little further afield, such as to Denby Dale or Emley, this is possible using the vast footpath network surrounding the railway.  To view the network of public footpaths available, visit https://footpathmap.co.uk/ and input Clayton West's postcode of HD8 9XJ or Shelley's postcode of HD8 8LZ.

Please do remember to stick to the public footpaths and bridalways available. Under no circumstances should you be walking on the railway tracks or within the railway line's boundaries.  Thank you.

Shepley Station - Shelley Station Link

A walking route between the mainline railway station at Shepley and our station at Shelley has been created, allowing passengers who are travelling by train to easily access our station at Shelley. The walking route was developed by the Penistone Line Partnership and is signposted by way-markers.  Please note that walking boots/wellies may be necessary depending on the weather!

Download a copy of the walking route.



Well-behaved pooches are very welcome at the railway on standard operating days and are permitted to travel free-of-charge.

All we ask is that book your dog a ticket and/or let the Ticket Office know you are travelling with your canine companion.

Dogs are allowed inside the station buildings and cafe but must be kept controlled and on a lead.

For the safety & comfort of all our canine & human guests, we respectfully request that dogs are left at home on special event days (unless specifically stated otherwise on the event page).

Guide dogs & other dogs used by our visitors for special reasons (autism dogs etc.) are welcome at all times.

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