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Walk in the footsteps of ‘The Railway Children’ with Strines Station rail trails

A collection of rail trail leaflets inspired by the enduring popularity of Edith Nesbit’s The Railway Children has been launched.

The trails were researched and collated by South East Manchester Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and the Friends of Strines Station. The leaflets feature 10 locations from the classic book and aim to promote sustainable tourism to the area by train.

The Railway Children has never been out of print since it was first published in 1906. It has been made into two films, four television series, a film sequel and a play.

It is widely believed that the inspiration for many locations in the book came from Strines, a village in Stockport Borough between Marple and New Mills.

The new leaflets enable walkers to choose from two trails that start at Strines Station on the Hope Valley Line. The trails offer fantastic views from Mellor as well as taking in sections of the Peak Forest Canal, and walkers can choose from returning to Strines or finishing their walk at Marple Station, which has toilet facilities and a range of shops, cafes and eateries nearby.

Simon Temple, chair of South East Manchester CRP, said: “It’s fantastic to see a renewed interest in Edith Nesbit’s classic story thanks to the popularity of the 2022 film The Railway Children Return, which has introduced a new generation to the series as well as getting people reminiscing about the original.

“We hope walkers and families enjoy discovering or rediscovering these beautiful spots, all of which are easily accessible from the railway line.”

The Friends of Strines Station have installed leaflet holders at the station so visitors can collect the free guided walks leaflets upon arrival.

Leaflets can also be downloaded here.

Keep up to date with future news, projects and events from South East Manchester CRP via their website.