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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

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Address: Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
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+44 1598 763487
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Owned and operated by an educational charity, Woody Bay Station is an...

Owned and operated by an educational charity, Woody Bay Station is an original Lynton & Barnstaple Railway station, opened in 1898, and closed along with the rest of the railway in September 1935. Purchased by us in 1995, what you can see today at the station is just the beginning of an exciting project to rebuild one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways; the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.The ideal starting point for a two mile round trip through some of the loveliest countryside in North Devon, Woody Bay Station is the place to board our little narrow gauge train for a journey back in time.You might just see our resident buzzard flying overhead or perhaps a hare or sometimes even a deer as you experience the sights of heather-covered hills and wooded valleys of North Devon – on clear days you can see all the way across to Wales – not to be missed!All trains run to Killington Lane Halt, where you can if you wish, leave the train and walk to other local destinations - including the lovely local village of Parracombe, home to our nearest Pub - the Fox & Goose (open most days - but best to check first). Alternatively for those with more stamina - the Hunters Inn at Heddons Mouth is also highly recommended. When you are ready, walk back to Killington Lane Halt and catch a later train back to Woody Bay. Alternatively, stay on the train for the much more exciting return journey behind a hard-working steam engine up the 1 in 50 gradient to Woody Bay.Time to spare? As your ticket permits you to travel as many times as you wish on the day, several of our visitors come to the station in the morning - have a train ride, something to eat or drink and then go on to visit somewhere else. Later in the day they come back for another trip. Works very well for those families whose children need to be persuaded to leave!You can stay on site or on our trains for as long as you like all day at no extra charge. Savour one of our Devon Cream Teas with home-baked scones or a luscious hand-made sandwich or slice of cake.Visit us in the winter when you can cosy-up to our real coal fire whilst enjoying a bowl of warming home-made soup.Outside - feel free to use our tea gardens, lawns, picnic area and platforms - all are a perfect place to relax and enjoy the magnificent views of the rolling Devon countryside - have a picnic, play with the children or just sit and watch the trains go by.2014 Return Fares Adult:- £7.50Child (aged 5 -14):- £3.00*Family (2 adults and up to 3 children):- £18Senior Citizens (Over 65):- £6.001st Class Upgrade £3.00 Return (per person)*Children under 5 accompanied by fare-paying adults travel Free Single Fares are also available. Once purchased, tickets allow for unlimited travel on the day - subject to availability of space on the trains. You can leave and return later if you like or stay with us all day.We offer a 50% discount if you return for a visit and travel any time within the next 28 days. Just retain your ticket.A Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway Ticket (purchased within the last 7 days) entitles you to a 10% discount. Access to the station, shop, toilets and parking is completely free, except during some Special Events when other conditions may apply including an entrance fee. Please enquire if you are unsure. We suggest that you allow approximately 40 minutes for a single visit including a train journey.

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Came here today as first time visitors to the railway. Although only a very short journey on the train, pleasant views from the windows and we enjoyed the opportunity to take a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Came here today as first time visitors to the railway. Although only a very short journey on the train, pleasant views from the windows and we enjoyed the opportunity to take a step back in time with the traditional carriages. Would recommend a visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Have previously travelled on the railway, but this time it was just a quick coffee stop. On a cold February morning, we had the Woody Bay station tea room and its warming coal fire all to ourselves. Lovely coffee / hot chocolate and cakes in a "Brief Encounter" environment, then a browse of the interesting shop before heading on our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The ride may not be as long as other preserved railways but the scenery is stunning. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The tea rooms are great, a good size mug of tea and a large selection of cakes and other food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Not to be missed if you are nearby for both avid train enthusiasts and those in search of a little bit of nostalgia. Beautifully maintained and run by friendly volunteers. We spent a couple of hours enjoying 3 (the children and husband (!) liked it that much) round trips along the narrow-gauge track on the Isaac steam train from Woody... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely little railway with steam train going on a 2 mile round trip. Lovely welcoming staff and very helpful with getting our disabled son who is in a wheelchair onto the train and who absolutely loves trains 🚂. Great afternoon spent here.

1 Thank loodles1980
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Tucked away in the Devon countryside, this is a little gem of a narrow-guage railway. Whilst the ride is only about 20 minutes round trip, the ticket enables all-day travel. The carriages are beautifully restored and surprising comfortable, being "third class" wooden bench seats. There are plans afoot to extent the track - hope these come to fruition. Staff all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My two year old is "choo choo" obsessed at the moment so what better place to take him for a birthday treat! We had lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches, tea and cake in a marquee tent served by friendly volunteers. The whole railway is staffed by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers-my son was gifted a Thomas the Tank engine flag and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

A bit of 'Victoriana', a steam train ride in English Countryside. Good luck with their planned extensions, until it is complete from Barn stable too Lynton!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Easy to find, good value for money, nice cafe with great cakes worth a visit if you are interested in steam trains

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a lovely little railway ride, all of two miles there and back but so enjoyable. Lovely scenery in beautiful restored carriages. The volunteers have done and still do a remarkable job and without them this beautiful little railway journey would not happen. Visit and support them - they need visitors to survive.

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