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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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Fantastic little narrow guage railway

Went of a ride on the train which was very nice albeit a short ride. Trains and carriages are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
via mobile
A great Ride

Third year on this railway. Spent a relaxing afternoon riding to the end and back. Pulled by a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Went of a ride on the train which was very nice albeit a short ride. Trains and carriages are beautifully preserved. Staff very friendly and helpful. Station is a time capsule of a bygone era. Certly will return. Let's hope they manage to extend the...More

Thank Brasso_uk_78
Reviewed 1 week ago

Third year on this railway. Spent a relaxing afternoon riding to the end and back. Pulled by a steam train.

Thank ManchesterRoger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a point of visiting the railway on our way back from a holiday in Mid Devon. The main point of the visit was to see the beautifully restored/recreated coaches. These did not disappoint they are absolutely beautiful and a credit to those that...More

1  Thank Buxton68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although narrow gauge and only two miles round trip this was delightful little railway excellent staff and extremely well preserved trying to make the tracks longer and deserve to be successful

1  Thank Phil R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit in many years. Free parking and a friendly welcome. Some have complained about the cost of the train trip but provided you have time to do it a couple of times I think it's very good value. Beautiful restored original carriages and friendly...More

1  Thank richym666
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little railway with great staff always a good welcome here from ticket sales to a wonderful tea room (and the cake!) hope the planning goes through for the line extension. will be back to see longer track in the future.

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little gem of a narrow gauge railway. Beautifully restored engines and carriages and a real authentic feel to Woody Bay station. Even though the day was cloudy the views were still good. A really good way to introduce young children to the magic of...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a weekend in the Lynton area recently and visited woody bay station....enjoyed the steam ride and all that the railway has to offer.The shop has a lot to sell with food and drink inexpensive. The staff were very knowledgeable about this lovely railway with...More

Thank amartinbrown
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finally I managed to get to Woody Bay and boy was it worth it! The weather was perfect so I was lucky on that front but the whole thing was so nice, friendly staff, pleasant surroundings and wonderful views, espesially from the train on a...More

Thank CornishTraveller52
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Well restored station buildings at Woody Bay with a well stocked gift shop which could do with a bit more room for displaying the very varied stock. Cafe also on the small side but welcoming and with a good, if limited, menu. The whole site...More

Thank David P
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What is the price and is it a round trip or is there a destination?
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
hi are dogs allowed to travel and if yes how much Thank you
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.