Kirklees Light Railway

Steam Railway

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ

Tel: 01484 865727

Green train


Travel in beautiful hand-painted carriages behind one of Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Trains at the 15-inch narrow gauge Kirklees Light Railway.

The journey transports visitors three and-a-half miles through the foothills of the south Pennines from Clayton West to Shelley; taking in glorious countryside, the ancient Blacker Wood, deep cuttings and the Shelley Woodhouse Tunnel - the longest tunnel on any 15-inch railway in Britain.  Whilst enjoying the views, look out for Emley Moor Mast and spot as many farm animals as you can in the surrounding fields!

There are currently six magnificent steam locomotives and two diesel engines to take you on your journey – which ones will you meet on your visit?

The journey one way takes approximately 25 minutes and a return trip can be completed in 65 minutes. If you're not in a hurry, take advantage of our standard Day Rover tickets which allow unlimited travel on the day you visit (subject to availability & not applicable at special events).

There are outdoor adventure playgrounds at both ends of the line along with large picnic areas. The Buffer Stop Cafe at Clayton West Station serves hot & cold food options whilst the railway is open and Shelley Station Tea Room offers snacks & drinks.

With a well-stocked gift shop, miniature railway around the duck pond and Afternoon Tea & Steam Experiences available to book, it really is more than just a train ride.

Please click HERE for standard day fares information or click HERE for special events information and fares.

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Please visit for standard day fares information or for special events information and fares.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Sole use of venue


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Road Directions

The sat nav postcode for Clayton West Station is HD8 9XJ.

Clayton West Station is situated approx. 10 minutes drive from junctions 38 & 39 of the M1.

Follow signs for the A636 towards Denby Dale, the railway is approx. 3.5 miles from Denby Dale.  Please follow the brown tourism road signs.

There is a large, free car park at Clayton West Station.  Please note that, if you are travelling to the railway by car, you should start and end your journey at Clayton West Station.  There is no vehicle access to Shelley Station and no parking facilities (not even roadside).  

Public Transport Directions

Buses run regularly from Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Leeds, Wakefield and Barnsley.

Denby Dale Mainline Railway Station is three miles away from the Kirklees Light Railway's Clayton West Station.  Local buses run on the main road between the two station.

Shepley Mainline Railway Station is only one mile away from the Kirklees Light Railway's Station at Shelley.  Travelling between the two is easiest on foot using the Shepley-Shelley Station Link:  Please note that this route is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs or those with mobility issues.  Please note that there is no public transport provision between the mainline railway station at Shepley and the KLR station at Shelley.

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