All aboard the MX-5 Express? UPDATED event details

The Peaks and Pennines Area are please to invite you to an Inter Area Meet and Picnic on Sunday 17th July on the Picnic area close to Peak Rail’s Rowsley South Station,DE4 2LF a Scenic location in the picturesque Derwent Valley.

  • Exclusive use of the 200 car large picnic area close to the River Derwent.
  • Travel into Matlock on Vintage Steam Trains
  • Close to three village Pubs and an Indian Restaurant
  • Many B&B’s (from £35.5) Inns and Hotels close by
  • Pre booked overnight camping available at £7.50 per night
  • Short drive to Matlock – Bakewell, – Chatsworth House – Caudwells Mill and Haddon Hall
  • Close to Derwent Valley Heritage Way (Long Distance Foot path)
  • Retail therapy is available nearby at the Peak Shopping Village

A nominal £5.00 per car to members and visitors

The gates open at 10 am on Sunday morning, please email me if you intend to arrive on Saturday and camp overnight.

Please note there are 3 stations on the line, all brown signed ‘Peak Rail’, the rally is at the Rowsley South Station picnic area, it is approached off Harrison Way, There is at brown ‘Peak Rail’ sign on the A6 at the end of Harrison Way.

The suggestion is that other area take a scenic route from one of their meeting points, arrive at Rowsley around mid day to picnic and socialise, those that want to could catch the 13:28 steam train to Matlock, have a wonder around Matlock, and catch the 16:28 train back to the picnic area.

• Through ticketing is available from any East Midlands station to Darley Dale and Rowsley, making a day long visit possible for those who do not want to, or cannot drive.

Whilst it would be ideal if members arrived in their MX5, those camping could come across in a larger vehicle with their camping gear in it, or a Motorhome or caravan, they would be parked in the camping area a short distance from the MX5’s

The there are three pubs (The Grouse and Claret, The Square and Compass, and The Grouse Inn) 1.1 miles away, 5 mins by car or about 30 mins on foot, the new cycle path (The Harrison Way) can be used to walk to either.

The award winning Shalima Indian Restaurant is a 5 min walk away, the food and service is excellent.It is open from mid-day.

Slightly further away(3 miles) is The Flying Childers voted Winner of The Good Pub Guide Unspoilt Pub of the Year 2019

List of members going
Ben and Marg
Chris and Christine
Martin and Carolyn
Neil and Debbie
Keith and Elaine
Dave and Angela
Derek and Janet
Roy and Lynn
Mark and Lisa
John and Hilary
Phil and Charlotte

Here is a link to photos of our July 2019 visit.


Hi Jim, thanks for the heads-up on this event. It looks just the ticket.
Steam trains and MX-5s, what could be better?

Write us in please, Ben & Marg

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Hi Jim certainly up for this Markus and Samantha

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Hi Jim
Please put Janet & I down for this one

Allthe best

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Hi Jim
As requested in our text message, please add our name to the list.
Roy & Lynn

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Hi Jim

Please add us

Phil & Charlotte

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Hi Jim

Just realised we have a diary clash as we are booked on Mid Wales Black Run. Can you please remove us from the list. Hopefully next year…
Markus and Samantha

Thanks for letting me know. Have a great time in Wales and hopefully see you on the train next year

Jim Keeley

Hi Jim we will not be able to go on train trip .Sue Gra

Sue and Graham,
Sorry you can’t make the train and thanks for letting me know.


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