Wensleydale Railway - Redmire??

Marmaduke

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I visited the upper Wensleydale area last week Hawes etc and called in at Redmire Station the present western terminus of the Wensleydale Railway.

A question to anyone in the know......Has the Wensleydale Railway any plans for doing something with Redmire?

I think it has a bit of potential. Granted they dont own or occupy the station (shame) but theres a heck of a large car park area with brilliant views across the dale and to Penn hill. I also understand they own the old dairy buildings?

Its a shame that when you get to Redmire theres nothing to stop off for unless you are walking? I think it could do with some form of amenity / cafe facility.

I used to go to the Aysgarth Bank Holiday OPEN DAYS and the team there had it just right with their cafe - Now thats gone, Redmire anyone....?
 
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Ages since I've been there, but didn't they have a buffet there (static carriage) at one point?
Not sure about that? There was a brilliant cafe at Aysgarth which a group used to run who also looked after the site....But Redmire not sure if there was ever a buffet there?
 

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Not sure about that? There was a brilliant cafe at Aysgarth which a group used to run who also looked after the site....But Redmire not sure if there was ever a buffet there?
Unfortunately I think on shore heritage railway catering was following the railway shops in to difficult times even before Covid. Consumer tastes have changed and the margins have been squeezed by a double whammy of both supermarket value meals, Costa type cafes and increases in the minimum wage. I think the catering offer you will increasingly find will be some sort of kiosk offering teas coffee cakes with pop up pubs for enthusiast events.
 

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I got off at Redmire a few years ago and walked into the village, it is not far, there was lovely Pub that did home made food, had an excellent steak pie there with a glass or 2? of wine. I think it was called the Bolton Arms perhaps?
 

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I got off at Redmire a few years ago and walked into the village, it is not far, there was lovely Pub that did home made food, had an excellent steak pie there with a glass or 2? of wine. I think it was called the Bolton Arms perhaps?
Yes it is Ive had the steak pie also. I think the Wensleydale have had a mobile catering van in the car park when I've been there before. The footfall on my recent non event days would be hard pushed to support even that I fear.
 

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The Bolton Arms was extraordinarily good when I last visited. I think the railway encourage people to visit there rather than having their own catering outlet as footfall wouldn't support both
 

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I have caught the vintage bus at Redmire and gone from there into Hawes. This was a few years ago and as I recall it had started in Harrogate. I'm not sure when it last ran but it was very well supported when I used it.
 

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I have caught the vintage bus at Redmire and gone from there into Hawes. This was a few years ago and as I recall it had started in Harrogate. I'm not sure when it last ran but it was very well supported when I used it.
Think this would have been some years ago. I got the replacement community bus to Hawes as far as Aysgarth from the road by Redmire Station about 5 years ago, there were 3 passengers in early summer
 

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I have caught the vintage bus at Redmire and gone from there into Hawes. This was a few years ago and as I recall it had started in Harrogate. I'm not sure when it last ran but it was very well supported when I used it.
I caught that bus too from Redmire to Hawes, it was some years ago.
 

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I caught that bus too from Redmire to Hawes, it was some years ago.
I've done that, and there was then another vintage bus which went from Hawes to Garsdale station - I did train to Northallerton, then bus to Leeming Bar, train to Redmire, buses to Garsdale then train back home again. Must have been a decade ago now, I guess.
 

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Priorities, priorities! See the Wensleydale Railway website.

Getting into Northallerton, renovating Leeming Bar, proceeding further up Wensleydale to Askrigg and Hawes, developing Redmire - but at present just keeping what exists in good order and running is challenging enough.
 

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I've done that, and there was then another vintage bus which went from Hawes to Garsdale station - I did train to Northallerton, then bus to Leeming Bar, train to Redmire, buses to Garsdale then train back home again. Must have been a decade ago now, I guess.
Yes very similar to what I did and thinking about it, I must have done that as well about 10 years ago too. How time flies.
 

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