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Just an hour from the M25 lies the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR), a trip back in time and one of Kent's best attractions. Set in some of the South East's most beautiful countryside the steam light railway runs on over 10 miles of track through the Rother Valley from Tenterden across to Rolvenden then through Wittersham to Northiam and then Bodiam in East Sussex. The KESR, was the brainchild Colonel Holman F Stevens, he was the creator of this project. It wasn't however an only child, the Colonel was the architect of 15 other rail projects. This passion for railways is recorded and commemorated in the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum at Tenterden Town Station. If you've travelled on the KESR we'd welcome your feedback. If you're looking for more local attractions you can visit the Discover Kent page.
One of the great qualities of an attraction that also acts as a form of transport is that you can enjoy the mode of transport as well as the places it leads to and from. The KESR offers visitors the prospect of a two hour pleasure trip across some of the most beautiful countryside the region has to offer as well as access to a number of attractions en-route.
If you start your journey at Tenterden there is free parking, at busy times there is a nearby pay and display facility if overspill parking is needed. Free parking is also available at Northiam Station. Tenterden hosts the aforementioned Museum, a restaurant and a gift shop on the platform. During high season there is a tea room operating at Northiam Station. At Northiam travellers can also find the Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum; railway ticket holders can receive a reduction in the price of entry. Bodium Station is about 500 yards from the National Trust's Bodiam Castle, KESR ticket holders are eligible for a visitor discount.
This is an attraction with all round accessibility for wheelchair users. There are Blue Badge parking spots at Tenterden, Northiam and Bodium. The railways boasts a PETROS coach which has been designed with wheelchair users in mind, it has an accessible toilet, flexible seating, ramped access and wide aisles. For more information visit the KESR website, which has full 'text-talk' facility
If you're thinking about a trip the Rover fare allows you to travel the length of the line hopping on and off as many times as you wish. Most of the the vintage coaches are pulled by steam engines although some services rely on diesel units. The pullman dining care has been allowed the railway to extend the range of service it offers to its customers.
The Railway runs regular events and themed days throughout the year in addition to a Wealden Pullman service. The Pullman runs on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays between March and December. Prices start at £42 and include the train ticket and an onboard dining experience. The menu includes: English Sparkling Wine, Chef’s Homemade Cream of Vegetable Soup, Sorbet, Roast Loin of Pork with a Mustard & Biddenden Cider Sauce and much more.
Day Rover (Std class) - 1st class (single journey upgrade)
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Kent is as beautiful as it is diverse, within its boundaries there exists a rich range of things to do and places to see. Outstanding natural beauty, a rich history, sites of world wide cultural and religious importance, sensational beaches, ancient woodlands, the list is endless. The point being; if you are looking for a day out Kent can offer something to suit every pocket and taste.
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