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Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
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Superb!

We stopped off at Woody Bay L&B station on a 3-day touring mini-break in Devon. Never been to this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
atcojga2014
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
great fun and fab tea room

party of five and the dog. we got the 1130 train, and you can travel as many times in the day as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CelticPeople1
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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
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Woody Bay Station, Parracombe, Exmoor National Park EX31 4RA, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off at Woody Bay L&B station on a 3-day touring mini-break in Devon. Never been to this heritage railway before but very worthwhile. Lovely setting, wonderfully atmospheric narrow gauge trip behind a delightful steam loco in truly beautiful coaches. It's a about a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

party of five and the dog. we got the 1130 train, and you can travel as many times in the day as you like at no extra cost, or discounted if you want to use tickets over next 28 days, but we did not need...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely station at Woody Bay, well kept, tidy and with a lovely tea room. Yes it is only a short train trip, but there is some lovely scenery. Our little boy loved it and particularly enjoyed watching the engine move round from the front to...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

This is a nice bring back of the Lynton and Barnstable. Its only a short ride between 2 stations but they are trying to extend the railway. I have visited many times and have not been disappointed. They have really well kept carriages and rolling...More

Thank Ben D
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

This was first visit, not disappointed. Run by volunteers, the trip is only a short run. They are going to extend the line but this will take time. Ideal for a visit, café on site. The staff are friendly and welcoming.

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Reviewed March 16, 2018

Our grandchildren so enjoyed a visit to Woody Bay Station we went back the following day for Mothers' Day where my wife and daighter-in-law enjoyed not only free rides on the train but each had the opportunity of driving a diesel train. The tea shop...More

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Reviewed January 29, 2018

We stumbled upon this great little activity when we saw the steam clouds and pulled in ! A little station, cafe and small gauge trains doing little trips over the beautiful green Devon countryside ,all run by volunteer Steam enthusiasts . The young (& old)...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Great place to get the atmosphere of years past.Great scenery all around the area. Great shop and the eatery is great.Beento both the Galas when the station is heaving with folk from many parts of the UK. Big well done all,all the best fr 2018.

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

It's quite a small site so not a huge amount to do but it was a great experience for those who love train travel of yester-year. Friendly and informative staff and great project to restore the railway heritage. The train ride itself is quite short...More

Thank Emma D
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

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

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Chezzabellle
June 28, 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
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fudge888
January 18, 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.
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