We visited Whistlestop Valley during the Autumn Gala on the 11th September and it is fair to say we had an enjoyable day all round. They was running plenty of different locos and the schedule was nice and tight meaning there was always something to go on.
The line itself offers spectacular scenery and also includes the longest tunnel on a 15″ railway in the UK, this is definitely an experience to have on such a small loco.
Whistlestop valley as a whole is a fantastic attraction, a full ticket offers unlimited rides on both the 3.5 mile narrow gauge railway, the Clayton Flyer and a number of amazing indoor and outdoor attractions and play parks for children. There is food served at both ends of the line, a shop and plenty of stunning walks if you need a change of pace. The range of locomotives, the facilities and the staff that work there made it an overall enjoyable day for us. Whistlestop valley can be found at Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ and the car park is free, large and well looked after.
There is a 2m barrier on the car park but this can be opened upon request, just ask a member of the team once there. Overall as tourist lines go this has easily been one of the best value we have visited, it is definitely worth putting aside a full day for a visit as there is lots to do.