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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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First Class Travel

As other reviewers have said it is only a short line but the views from the train are great. Pay a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Torquay, United Kingdom
Worth a visit!

Whilst not a long railway line, there are plans to expand! Friendly staff, well stocked shop... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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Reviewed 4 days ago

As other reviewers have said it is only a short line but the views from the train are great. Pay a little extra and travel in the First Class observation compartment for great views over Exmoor, the Bristol Channel and on a clear day South...More

Thank 65KeithV
Reviewed 5 days ago

Whilst not a long railway line, there are plans to expand! Friendly staff, well stocked shop. Plenty of information available, about the line's history.

Thank haymarket64b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant garden, woodland walk and nice little tea room. Dogs are welcome on trains and in the tea room marquee.

1  Thank noahsnanna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great way to spend an afternoon or even a day. The staff love trains and railways and can't wait to tell you about them. Visit the station waiting room for tea and cake or a Devon cream tea (cream first, jam on top).

Thank Brett A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great morning at the lynton and Barnstaple steam railway. A lovely little line and beautiful scenery. Looking forward to seeing future developments to the line in the future

Thank Lynne E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love a steam train ride. The dedication and love that has been put into this restoration is impressive. Highly recommend a visit.

1  Thank SKrazz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Further to my lengthy review of September 2016, another visit induces me to say that Woody Bay Station loses no fascination with subsequent visits, and news of the line's impending extension to Parracombe and Blackmoor excites all who have an imagination. Get your local footpath...More

1  Thank Mick606
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for the little ones to experience their first proper train. Restored beautifully. Great attraction.

Thank Helen J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the ride was only a mile long it was an interesting experience. All the proceeds to to extending the railway line so it is all in a good cause.

Thank jillym7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though the narrow gauge railway only covers a short distance at present for which hopefully this will be extended in the future a visit to the railway is worthwhile. The carriages and engines are well preserved. Staff are very friendly and a chunky veg soup...More

1  Thank Ian M
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28 June 2016|
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Response from Woody_Bay_Station | Property representative |
RETURN FARES Adult- £7.50 Child (aged 5 -14) - £3.00* Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £18 Senior Citizens (Over 65) - £6.00 1st Class Upgrade £3.00 Return (per person) Single fares are al;so available... More
18 January 2016|
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Response from Woody_Bay_Station | Property representative |
Yes, we do welcome dogs to visit Woody Bay Station, and to travel on our trains. Please see our web page, "Dogs Travel Free", or follow the "Visitors" tab from our home page.