Penistone Line - a rural delight!

Llandudno

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Meeting up with some pals to do the Dewsbury - Stalybridge Ale Trail, and as I had a couple of hours spare before meeting them at Dewsbury I decided to give the Sheffield-Penistone-Huddersfield line a try.

Delightful rural railway with fabulous views and quirky little stations en-route, single track in sections and takes nearly 80 minutes to complete the trip.

The cost of building the railway must have been enormous with numerous bridges, viaducts and many of the stations are perched high above the villages they serve.

I wonder when the last time a steam train traversed the route?

If you are ever in the area definitely worth a try, especially with two fantastic real ale bars inside Huddersfield Station and the excellent Sheffield Tap at the southern end!
 
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I stumbled upon it by accident, taking a slow route somewhere (Barnsley I think) so I could use complimentary Northern tickets. Loved it so much that I always try and use it now if I'm in the area.

What struck me the most was the pride each village seems to take in maintaining their local station.
 

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Meeting up with some pals to do the Dewsbury - Stalybridge Ale Trail, and as I had a couple of hours spare before meeting them at Dewsbury I decided to give the Sheffield-Penistone-Huddersfield line a try.

Delightful rural railway with fabulous views and quirky little stations en-route, single track in sections and takes nearly 80 minutes to complete the trip.

The cost of building the railway must have been enormous with numerous bridges, viaducts and many of the stations are perched high above the villages they serve.

I wonder when the last time a steam train traversed the route?

If you are ever in the area definitely worth a try, especially with two fantastic real ale bars inside Huddersfield Station and the excellent Sheffield Tap at the southern end!
Thanks for the ‘Heads Up’ regarding this line; never managed it yet but always wanted to, I think RTC’s Tin Bath railtour used to go this way in fairly recent years although can’t confirm exactly when the last time was - perhaps around 2016-2017 at a guess?
 
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Good to hear the recommendations as I was already planning to do it with my newspaper ranger ticket next month.
 

Llandudno

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A South Pennines Day Ranger ticket is worth considering so you can use the Penistone line as part of a circular route:

Manchester - Hope Valley - Sheffield - Penistone - Huddersfield - Stalybridge- Manchester

Also valid Stockport - Stalybridge on a Saturday!!!
 

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A South Pennines Day Ranger ticket is worth considering so you can use the Penistone line as part of a circular route:

Manchester - Hope Valley - Sheffield - Penistone - Huddersfield - Stalybridge- Manchester

Also valid Stockport - Stalybridge on a Saturday!!!
Get to Hudds before 16:00 and you can then do a 68 to Leeds for another one back to Manchester.
 

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