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Heatherslaw Light Railway

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Address: | Ford Forge, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TJ, England
Phone Number:
+44 1890 820244
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A fun way of exploring Ford and Etal with children

We used the narrow gauge railway to get from Ford to Etal and back. Our granddaughter enjoyed the ride through the countryside.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We used the narrow gauge railway to get from Ford to Etal and back. Our granddaughter enjoyed the ride through the countryside.

Thank MalcolmSharp50
Hythe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We picked up details from Tourist Info and drove the few miles from our holiday for the 2 pm train ride. We took a picnic lunch and sat at the one picnic table. There was a small children's area high up some steps where there was also a model train set up. There was a small shop where we bought... More 

Thank Susan B
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to a few narrow gauge railways with my kids, they really enjoyed Heatherslaw. The special sauce with this is the length of the journey as well as the lovely scenery. It takes around 20 minutes to Etal (you can do it in the other direction) where we had a pleasant lunch in the tearooms before getting the train... More 

Thank Geo_Lei
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this by mistake but we loved it had a picnic lovely ride great price lovely round trip side of a river saw. Cormorant fantastic ace to visit

Thank 317537les
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

My son absolutely loved this railway with the train that looked liked Thomas. The ride is short but goes through some nice countryside and ends up at Etal. We went into the village, which was very traditional chocolate box and had some tea and cake at the tea shop/post office,which was lovely. Entry to the castle seemed e w P... More 

Thank Louise P
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Visited twice recently. Grandparents were staying nearby and took a 5 and 2 yr old along. We all had a lovely time, and the kids adored the train ride. The ride is a gentle ride along a river bank. As some others have said, there's not loads to see, but being on the train was enough for the kids. We... More 

Thank diromu
Kent, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Loved this little trip on this steam railway, from Ford to Etal. Got off in Etal explored Etal Castle and then went into the Lavender Tea rooms. Charming place to visit. Returned 1 hour later back on the little train. I loved it, and it would be particularly enchanting for anyone who loves trains.

Thank Halstowgirl
Washington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

A steam train takes you round the meandering river Till to Etal where ther is a castle and a short walk to the village with a superb Lavender tea room the train returns every hour, I am in a wheelchair and was easily and happily secured in a purpose made carriage, I would recommend this for all ages.

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58 reviews
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Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

The children loved the teain, a must visit for the kids! It followed the river, and was a fun morning out. Probably not that exciting if you don't have kids but a must for those of us that do!

Thank RedWooll
Basildon, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

This was my first trip on a steam train and I was shaking in anticipation. I love love loved it! The staff were helpful and informative and very friendly. It is a 20 min trip from Heatherslaw to Etal where there is a castle, the Lavender Tea Rooms and the Black Bull pub (which is under restoration at the moment)... More 

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