The Kirklees Light Railway is situated in the village of Clayton West, near Huddersfield, in the picturesque foothills of the South Pennines. The railway runs for three and-a-half miles from Clayton West to Shelley and includes passage through the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel which - at 467m long - is the longest tunnel on any 15" narrow gauge line in Britain!
Take a ride on the railway's fleet of unique steam and diesel engines as they travel through the glorious countryside, let the kids run wild on the adventure playgrounds, browse the gift and toy shop or relax with a cuppa and cake in The Buffer Stop Cafe.
The main station at Clayton West has a full range of amenities to entertain you and your family while you wait for the train or after you return:
- The Buffer Stop Cafe serving hot and cold food and scrumptious cakes
- A small indoor play area within the cafe area has wooden railway play sets and ride on toys – currently unavailable due to COVID
- The gift shop sells a wide range of toys, souvenirs and Thomas & Friends products - with prices to suit a pocket money budget!
- A miniature railway - as well as Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Engines, they have a Great Even Smaller Engine which takes passengers on a ride around the big duck pond for £1 per person
In addition to the fantastic outdoor play area at Clayton West, there is a wonderful outdoor play area at Shelley Station. Kids can spend as long as they like playing on the wooden train, medieval forts, swings, rockers, tunnels, bridges and more! The play areas are compliant with all current regulations and are fully fenced off to ensure the safety of your children.
Picnic area: You can either buy from the cafe or bring your own food to eat in one of the many picnic areas - there's even a picnic marquee if the weather is looking a little iffy. Please note, it is only permitted to eat food bought on the premises in the cafe.
Engine sheds: Whilst they're not working, the engines stay in the engine sheds at Clayton West, on the other side of the turntable. Tours of the engine sheds can be arranged either in advance or, staff permitting, on the day.
Large free car park: There is space for around 200 cars in the free car park.
Walking routes: If you fancy a stretch of the legs, you could always hop off the train at one of the intermediate request stops - Cuckoo's Nest or Skelmanthorpe - and have a walking adventure before hopping back on and completing your journey. Just remember to tell the Guard or Driver before you get on the train that you want to alight at either of those station.
Shelley Station: ("the top end") There is an amazing outdoor play area at Shelley Station which was installed in October 2019. You can watch the trains turn on the turntable and take on water, then while away an hour or more at Shelley Station with its outdoor picnic areas overlooking the valley (or there are picnic tables in the marquee if the weather isn't so favourable), the Tea Room providing light snacks and drinks (takeawayonly during COVID), a train-themed play area with a sandpit.
Please visit the website www.kirkleeslightrailway.com/ for up to date information on running days, special events and pricing.