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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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Spent a lovely day on this great little railway. Buster our parrot was also given a ticket but was... read more

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pete s
Coventry, United Kingdom

Fabulous day. The staff were lovely, the couple serving refreshments were lovely, chatty and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sheffield, 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 yesterday

Spent a lovely day on this great little railway. Buster our parrot was also given a ticket but was not impressed as it was for a dog so he he threw it away. Really nice refreshment area. Tickets for trains lasted all day so could...More

Thank pete s
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous day. The staff were lovely, the couple serving refreshments were lovely, chatty and service was quick. The gent even said hello to us when he saw us in Lynton / Lynmouth later the same day. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. I did the...More

Thank Cg0dley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ah, the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - as a railway enthusiast, it is something like a dream come true that the long closed but not forgotten railway across Exmoor has been re-opened by a dedicated band of volunteers. When I visited, they had just taken...More

Thank Stuart T
Reviewed 1 week ago

'Perchance it is not dead but sleepeth' - a note from an admirer on the last day of operation in the 1930's, well the L&B society are doing a great job re-awakening it from its slumbers.

Thank jon h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An impressive start to ambitions to reopen a much longer stretch of the former Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. At present there is a mile of track. It is hoped to increase this to nine, between Lynton and Wistpoundland, by 2026. What exists is well worth...More

1  Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't bother go to the North Yorkshire Moors for a proper Steam train and ride.Very expensive for what it is.1 mile long,5 mins ride you are if lucky, they say you can get off and go to village if you like which is a bit...More

1  Thank lisamarie26122016
Woody_Bay_Station, Manager at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments on your recent visit to Woody Bay. We are saddened that you feel so poorly served by your visit, although with a 700 mile, 13 hour round trip, your suggested alternative of a visit to the NYMR is perhaps a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title says, its a Good quality preserved railway. Its only a short ride but you can ride up and down it all day if you wish. or if you have a railway obsessed child that didn't want to get off... Nice place to...More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised when we visited here. Most of the people are volunteers and they have done a splendid job keeping this railway alive. The trains run a mile down the line through picturesque countryside taking around 20 minutes. Once you have paid for...More

Thank Ian1200
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a trip on this line, upgrading to the first class compartment in a beautifully preserved coach hauled by a steam engine also beautifully preserved. The trip is short but we've no complaints as this was made perfectly clear in the pamphlets. I see that...More

Thank Ray F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty station with a real authentic feel to it and the train carriages were lovely. The ride only lasts a short while as it is a mile to Killington Lane and back and there is nothing to do at the other end. Small gift shop...More

1  Thank Mrs G
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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
17 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.