Thoroughly enjoyed chugging along (in heritage diesel trains) at a speed which allowed us to view the scenery. Spent a short time on the platform at Duffield station watching the mainline trains passing through, a pleasant leg stretch on a lovely sunny day. Sat behind the driver on return journey along with the train buffs. The driver answered all their questions, which I am sure made their day, and added to ours.
Back in Wirksworth we caught the train for a five minutes ride to the end of the line at Ravenstor where we had a few minutes walk on the platform with staff giving us the history of the line and pointing out items of interest, before the short ride back again.
Time for tea! What a tea... First Class dining car with linen tablecloths, napkins and china. Dainty sandwiches with very tasty and unique fillings. Best scones we have ever tasted, with plenty of strawberry jam and clotted cream - apparently this was the cook's first batch of scones and she was complimented by all the diners! Amazing assortment of dainty cakes and pastries - which we did not have the space to try - but like everybody else we took a "doggie bag" to enjoy later. The waitresses were suitably dressed, very attentive and genuinely enjoyed their job.
Our day was enhanced by the lovely weather but the Railway Staff were also very helpful to my mother and obviously enjoy their work and interacting with the public.
The site is not entirely suitable for those in wheelchairs, (unless you can also walk a few strides with assistance for boarding trains, or the toilet) but this is a heritage site and efforts have been made within those limitations. However for those walking with sticks everything was accessible and the Staff quick to help with boarding trains etc.
The whole day was very relaxing and enjoyable and would be a dream day out for a train mad family - especially if you book Afternoon Tea (Tuesdays) as part of your visit.
Have recommended to everybody we know!!"