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A lovely place to visit on a damp day! Its lovely to come somewhere, where a dog is made so welcome!
Macmanard Family - Leicester
Back in 2010, I saw an L&B loco haul a passenger train into Woody Bay station - something I never thought any of us... continued
Andrew - Hampshire
Lots of fun - 3 very excited little boys!
The Barton Family - Hildenborough, Kent
A really great place to visit. Good outing for all the family
Carol and Colin Silk - Gravesend
I just loved all the enthusiasm of the people running the railway and station.
Mrs Valerie Watts - Swindon, Wiltshire
I visited the L&B with my wife and two daughters. I enjoyed the experience far more than expected - there was more... continued
Bruce and Kristina - Somerset
Last rode the train from Lynton to Blackmoor in 1929! Good to be back
Peter Read - Bristol
Super Place! Lovely cream teas, friendly staff and live steam too!! Thanks!
The Hill Family - Mapperley, Nottingham
What a beautiful place! We felt like we were in one of those Downton Abbey train scenes.
Adar Regev
Having booked 21 adults and 15 children in for a Santa Special, I would like to say thank you for a great morning - all... continued
Claire - Barnstaple

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The Last Narrow-Gauge Railway Adventure

 

"Today's L&B at Woody Bay is perhaps the finest showcase for what preservation can achieve"

Steam Railway No. 500 (December 2019 - January 2020)


Although uncertain as to what will happen over the next few months, we are making plans for 2021 in the hope that the situation will improve.

We would hope to reopen the Railway during the Spring, but this is dependent upon the national situation. However, the Online Shop is still open for business and orders will be processed as regularly as possible.

Thank you for your continued support.



Grant for geo-environmental survey work

Our design engineer, John Barton, is about to order all the geo-environmental survey work  required before reconstruction of the railway can begin from Killington Lane to Wistlandpound. This work involves test bores along the whole route to check for contamination (possible hazardous waste dumped in cuttings), the suitability of any infill for future use in embankment reconstruction and the nature of the ground where new bridge construction is required.

The Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust have given a grant of £1500 to help fund the ground investigations at Killington Lane which will test the nature of the infill in the cuttings either side of the former Bridge 65 (Killington Lane overbridge) as well as determining the nature of the soil upon which the new Bridge 65 foundations will sit.

Thanks are due to the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust (Veronica Awdry is the daughter of the Reverend Awdry of Thomas the Tank fame) for their donation to fund to this vital piece of work.

Paul Curson - Trustee


The only steam railway in the UK where on every journey, passengers travel in Victorian railway carriages designed in the 1890's

These unique historic carriages cannot be seen anywhere other than here in North Devon


At 964 feet above sea level, Woody Bay is the highest railway station in Southern England
and home of the World's only new-build American steam engine, LYN


LEADER 5 Grant towards the reconstruction of Bridge No's. 54 and 55

This project enabled the Lynton & Barnstaple Trust to construct two essential bridges between Wistlandpound Reservoir and Blackmoor Gate as part of the extension of the railway in North Devon

Click HERE to read more


We are hard at work on the project to extend the railway to Blackmoor, Wistlandpound and eventually back to Lynton

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

It's been a long and difficult job – to find out why CLICK HERE 

Did you know that having a heritage railway nearby significantly boosts the local economy?

Social Enterprise in Action
More than eighty years after its closure in 1935, you can once more board a train of original L&B carriages at England's highest narrow-gauge railway station - the delightfully named Woody Bay Station - 1,000 feet up on wild Exmoor.
Operated almost entirely by volunteers, we are a "non-profit" organisation owned by its members with the mission to fully restore the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

Leader4, defra and EU logos - Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
Part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development
2007 - 2013: Europe investing in Rural Areas

Exmoor National Park funding button

 

Corporate Supporters - Where to Stay

The Denes Fox and Goose Highfield House Lynton Cottage Moorlands North Cliff Sinai House