Great Devon and Somerset Railway Journeys
Discover the charms of Devon and Somerset’s countryside and relive a bygone way of travel with these leisurely railway journeys – traversing through a patchwork of gentle hills and verdant moorland and providing spectacular distant views of the coastline that broaden as far as the eye can see. Unwind back to a slower pace of life on the West Somerset Railway, England’s longest heritage railway line, as well as the charming Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, and Devon’s famous Lynmouth Cliff Railway.
Day 1 Departure 0800-0900 hrs, making a comfort stop en-route. Hotel check-in. Dinner is included for the next 3 nights.
Day 2 Travel from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead on the West Somerset Railway. Relive yesteryear on England’s longest heritage line. Running for 20 miles, it intertwines around farms, the gentle Quantock Hills, distant Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Free time will be included at the traditional resort of Minehead, where its generous sandy beaches have appealed to generations of holidaymakers.
Day 3 Travel to Woody Bay for a round trip on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. In its heyday it was one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow-gauge railways, dating back to 1898. The one-mile of original line, lasting around 25 minutes on board a restored heritage carriage, is part of their continuing project to restore the railway through the rugged North Devon moorland. From here we travel to the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, which takes you to Lynmouth’s Victorian sister resort of Lynton. It shares a unique insight into Victorian engineering as the world’s highest and the steepest fully water powered railway. Marvel at the coastal views as you ascend 500ft.
Day 4 Depart hotel. Comfort stop en-route home. Arrive home: early evening.
• Return coach travel
• 3 nights accommodation
• Traditional cooked and continental breakfast with self-service buffet starter
• Self-service 3 course dinner (3 choices) plus after dinner tea/coffee
• Train journey on West Somerset Railway
• Train journey on Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
• Train journey on Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
• Hotel porter service
• All coach tours
Best Western Tiverton Hotel
Set in 2 acres and located in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of the historic market of Tiverton, on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Approximately 1½ miles to the town centre, Pannier Market, Grand Western Canal Basin park and Tiverton Castle.
Bedrooms: En-suite (shower over bath) with TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, alarm clock, iron and board.
Facilities: Bar and lounge. Night porter.
Mobility Information: No lift. 2 floors. Limited ground floor bedrooms available on request. Four rooms with roll-in showers (subject to availability).
Supplements (subject to availability):
Single room supplement £24.00
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