Poppy Line - North Norfolk Railway
A round trip on the North Norfolk Railway is about 10 miles long round trip, starting from Sheringham and the lovely carriages are pulled by a steam train or a vintage diesel train on some journeys.
This part of North Norfolk is stunning and the railway racks wind their way through delightful countryside. To the south are wooded hills and the Norfolk beauty spots of Kelling Heath and Sheringham Park. To the north, the sea.
The flowers are a sight to see throughout the year. In spring and early summer there are primroses, bluebells and the yellow gorse. Later in the year the poppies abound and are set off by the mauve heathers.
But the North Norfolk Railway is much more than a train ride. There are historic stations, a museum of the railway's history, a museum signal box and a children's activity carriage. There are also buffets and souvenir shops.
The railway's headquarters, is more than just a station. There is children's activity coach, souvenir shop and a buffet, as well as an attractive booking hall and a ladies' waiting room. The station is ideally situated for you to take a stroll through the town and walk along the promenade before joining your train. Sheringham is also the location of the railway's mainline rail connection.
Weybourne is a delightfully preserved country station and our locomotive and carriage maintenance and restoration centre. Enjoy a cup of tea from the buffet and take advantage of the picnic area to watch the trains come and go. Several walks are available through Weybourne Woods and Sheringham Park, with direct access to the Kelling Nature Trail, or walk down to the sea and take the coastal footpath to Sheringham.
Kelling Heath Park
This is our smallest station serving the Nature Trail and Kelling Caravan Park. Owing to the steep gradient steam trains do not stop here on the journey to Holt but will stop if a clear signal is given to the driver on the return trip from Holt to Sheringham.
Holt is our western terminus and is just about 1 mile from the centre of this lovely Georgian Town. The 'Holt Flyer', a London Routemaster Bus service meets most steam trains in the summer. Click here for details. Whilst on the station be sure to drop in and see 'Broad Sidlinch' a 300 square foot model railway, which was featured in the Railway Modeller magazine. This is usually open at weekends and during the red timetable, subject to the availability of volunteers. There is also a miniature railway operated by the North Norfolk Model Engineering Club, which is open on selected dates.
The best way to travel is to purchase a rover ticket which entitles you to travel for the whole day. Details of the current fares can be found on our fares page.
Dogs and cycles are welcome on our trains although there is a small additional charge.
Buffet facilities are available on some trains. A wide range of hot and cold drinks are available in addition to sandwiches, light snacks, cakes and confectionary. Sip your freshly made tea as you watch the countryside roll by.
Toilets and Baby Changing facilities are available for our visitors at Weybourne and Holt stations on days when trains are running.
Although we do not have any toilets at Sheringham, in a building immediately adjacent to the railway, North Norfolk District Council operate public conveniences which are open daily throughout the year. These facilities are locked at 8pm between Mid-March and October, and at 5pm on all other times. (Information correct: April 2014.)
Some of our trains also have toilets onboard but unfortunately these are not suitable for disabled people.
Disabled Access to Trains
We have two refurbished coaches in service for passengers confined to a wheelchair.
One is panelled in European Ash, has provision for up to five standard sized wheelchairs and has standard seating for four accompanying friends. The picture windows give a fine view of the surrounding countryside and sea. It also has uplighting should your travel take place after dark.
The second coach has the same facilities but with a smaller capacity, which runs on our second train. This can accommodate up to four wheelchairs and has the same picture windows.
There are no disabled toilets on the trains but there are disabled toilet with baby changing facilities at both Weybourne and Holt stations, accessed with a RADAR key which can be borrowed by asking a member of station staff.
Although the majority of our services include one of the coaches mentioned above, the formation of the service trains do change and should you be travelling with a group confined to wheelchairs, we would recommend a phone call to 01263 820800 before the day of travel. We can then try to arrange for the necessary accommodation to be available for you.
For passengers with limited mobility we can accommodate wheelchairs in our brake van whilst the passenger travels with their friends in our standard coaches.
Guide dogs are welcome, free of charge, on the North Norfolk Railway.
For much more information on our services, facilities, timetables and prices, please click through to our website by using the live buttons below
Guide Dogs Accepted
Open All Year