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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
+44 1598 763487
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An enjoyable experience, on a small scale.

We (my wife and I) visited the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in October on a blustery day. Our busy... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Short But Sweet

We visited the Woody Bay Railway, which is the only completed part of The Lynton and Barnstaple... read more

Reviewed 6 days 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 3 days ago

We (my wife and I) visited the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in October on a blustery day. Our busy schedule for the day meant that we had time for just one return trip (a total of two miles) but still considered our purchase of an...More

Thank robertaberdeen71
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the Woody Bay Railway, which is the only completed part of The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, as part of a Shearing’s trip to ‘Delightful Devon’. It is only a short ride on the train taking only 25 minutes for the trip there and...More

Thank drjohn030151
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I and our dog Arthur had a lovely time on the train it might be a short ride but well worth it . Great staff friendly

Thank paul401972
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited at the recent gala. It was great to see the newly built locomotive Lyn looking absolutely resplendent in her Southern Railway livery. It was amazing just how many people had attended the event. A beer tent was provided which not only served a...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although, at present, it's a short ride this really is a lovely little railway. All the work the volunteers have done has produced a wonderful reproduction of what the railway would have been like all those years ago.

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite attractions in North Devon. The ticket price allows you to ride up and down as many times as you like in a day. You can ride the lovely steam train in an old-fashioned carriage, get off at the end and go...More

Thank Jennie08_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We included a visit to this attraction in September as part of a Just Go five-day tour of North Devon. The weather treated us kindly and we were well organised by staff given that we were a large group at a relatively small attraction. The...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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
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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.