Take in the views across the North Pennines as the steam and diesel trains wind through the countryside.
The highest narrow gauge railway in the North of England, the South Tynedale Railway winds for over three miles northwards from Alston in Cumbria to Lintley in Northumberland.
There are fantastic views across the South Tyne Valley on this route which sits in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It follows the original route from Alston to Haltwhistle which closed in 1976 and runs via the South Tyne, Gilderdale and Whitley viaducts.
Passenger trains operate from Spring through to Autumn, attracting 40,000 people every year. Running along the railway you'll find preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas.
There are also season trains that run including the popular Santa Special on certain days throughout December. A cafe and gift shop are available at Alston Station with free parking close by too.
The railway is operated by a charity - the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society. There are plans to extend the line by a further 1 ¼ miles to Slaggyford thanks to a £4.25m Heritage Lottery Fund Grant.