Wensleydale Railway – Returning 29th May 2021!

The Herriot Country Line places the Wensleydale Railway at the heart of Herriot Country. Alf Wight OBE aka James Herriot worked his rounds in so many of the places where the Wensleydale Railway runs through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.  The line reopened to passenger traffic from Leeming Bar to Leyburn in 2003, and the following year the section to Redmire was also opened.  The line runs west from Northallerton through Scruton, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Finghall Lane, Leyburn and Redmire. Finghall Lane was the location for the fictional Darrowby Station in the filming of the BBC TV series of All Creatures Great and Small.

The hub of the railway, Leeming Bar Station is located just off the A1(M) J51 and has been completely restored with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The railway’s rolling stock is maintained and restored here and it’s the base for the staff office.

The Wensleydale Railway has so much to offer visitors to Herriot Country as it passes through some of the most beautiful parts of North Yorkshire and is one of the longest heritage railways in the country, so it is great Yorkshire value!

Stations along the route are characterful restorations evoking memories of a time gone by and the towns where you can alight such as Bedale and Leyburn which have an array of authentic local shops and services that are run by warm and welcoming Yorkshire folk.

As you approach Redmire, there are stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales and dramatic Penhill plus, it is just a short walk to Bolton Castle. It’s an ideal way for walkers to reach their start point for walks into the Western Dales. Combine a Wensleydale Railway train trip with a local bus service and you’ll see Herriot Country the way that James Herriot did when he first arrived in North Yorkshire. You can see the scenes in the Channel 5 version of All Creatures Great and Small.

Leeming Bar Station
Leases Road
Leeming Bar
North Yorkshire

Phone: 01677 42580

Email: admin@wensleydalerailway.com



Getting Here

By Car

Leeming Bar Station is approximately 1/2 mile from junction 51 on the A1(M). From the A1 follow the signs for Leeming Bar Industrial estate, then after the level crossing turn right in to the car park. For drivers coming via the A684 head towards Leeming Bar and at the mini-roundabout take the minor road towards signed Kirkby Fleetham, then just before the level crossing turn left in to the car park.

By Public Transport:

 Bus 73

The 73 service runs during weekdays and Saturdays from Northallerton, (including a stop by Northallerton Railway Station) to Bedale and return

Bus 856

The 856 service operates on Sundays only between Hawes and Northallerton

Campbells of Leyburn

Campbells of Leyburn is a country store that is the envy of national supermarket chains for both choice and value and has been serving its local community and visitors to Herriot Country since 1868 when it began as R Campbell and Son in the same location as today.

Its wide range includes many local foods, national and international food brands, local meat in the butchery section, regional artisan products and an international wines selection.

Set in the beautiful rural town of Leyburn, Campbells is a long-established family business that has a loyal and tightly knit team that takes pride and understanding of all of the products on sale and who are ever ready to help customers with their choices.     

An innovative business, Campbells of Leyburn seeks out new suppliers to continually improve the range of products available to customers plus improvements such as aisle-widening to reduce trolley congestion and always looking for ways to create a better stress-free shopping environment.

Campbells also provides for special occasions with gift packs, hampers and memorable gifts plus gift vouchers which can select the contents for yourself and can include special wines, smoked salmon, artisan cheeses, luxury chocolates or rare breed’s meat.

Campbells even has its own tourist guide which you can download from its website and is just a few minutes walk from the start of “The Shawl’ in Leyburn, a renowned walk with stunning views and romantic (if mythical) links to tragic Mary Queen of Scots. Leyburn is a perfect place from which to explore Wensleydale and attracts cyclists, campers, walkers and is perfect for anyone who appreciates a beautiful combination of the Yorkshire Dales’ rugged landscape, waterfalls, rivers and with idyllic walks and historic visitor attractions.,   

Alf Wight (James Herriot) would probably have visited Campbells on his many visits to Leyburn and it’s well worth a trip on your visit to Herriot Country.

Campbell's of Leyburn, 4 Commercial Square, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 5BP

Telephone Shop: 01969 622169 | Wines & Spirits Dept: 01969 624391 | Butchery: 01969 625600

Email - richard@campbellsofleyburn.co.uk

The Wensleydale Experience

The Wensleydale Experience is a farm experience with accommodation in luxury Yurts and a  Temple Folly. There’s also Fairhurst’s at Berry’s Café and Farm Shop where local ingredients and produce make the cut for low food miles, taste and quality, plus, The Healing Collective where relaxing Indian Head Massage or Reiki and Sound Healing with Gill McGready add to the relaxation options that this close to nature experience provides and that James Herriot could only dream of when he was treating the animals on the farms in this part of Herriot Country.

It is a clever farm diversification in the heart of Wensleydale, close to Bolton Castle, famous for imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots in 1568 - which dazzles in lights at night,

Aysgarth Falls and the villages of Aysgarth and West Witton with Askrigg, Hawes and Leyburn within a brief drive and there are many All Creatures Great and Small film locations in the area.

Herriot Country has many country self-catering options but few have an 18th Century Grade II listed folly that is also a compact accommodation unit with two bedrooms with balcony. The Temple is a grand structure with fabulous views of Wensleydale.

Views and nature are two absolutes at The Wensleydale Experience and guests staying in the luxurious Yurts onsite get both in copious amounts as they enjoy the natural environment with mod-cons. Each yurt is fully equipped with comfy beds, private hot tub, shower, loo and BBQ. Imagine showering and watching the sunset or seeing the rolling Yorkshire Dales from your bed or, if it’s early and you fancy pitching in, join the farmer’s rounds and meet the llamas, goats, cows, pigs and sheep that call the farm home

Farm Tours are an education experience for all ages and bring understanding that in order for there to be stone walls and stock in the fields the produce must be sold at a realistic price. Great for families where children can learn about sustainable farming life and touch and feed the caws, calves, goats, lambs, pigs, pony’s and rabbits. James Herriot would be in his element!

The Wensleydale Experience, Swinithwaite, Leyburn, DL8 4UH

T: 01969 622322 | Email: enquiry@wensleydale-experience.com

An array of amazing local walks. Visit our website to download maps of our walks or ask any of our friendly staff for our top tips on where to explore!

The Fox & Hounds Pub nearby is a friendly and welcoming family-run pub situated on the main A684 road through Wensleydale, in the shadow of Penhill. Dogs and children are welcome.