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1st Class Cream Tea - very reasonable - friendly staff! Good luck.
Peter, Diane and the Girls - Cumbria
A really great place to visit. Good outing for all the family
Carol and Colin Silk - Gravesend
Four of us had lunch at the Woody bay station cafe while we were waiting to take a trip on the train during the 2nd... continued
Joan Samuels - North Devon
Great - Keep up the good work! v. impressed by everything!
Mr & Mrs Love - Heattfield, East Sussex
After recently visiting the L&BR, with your commitment to recreate as far as possible this beautiful railway's... continued
MPS - Leicestershire
My Grandfathers favourite railway 1930.  "Perchance to rise again". It will happen
Charlie and Ali Ridley - Cumbria
Me and the kids have loved it, not expensive and something for everyone, very helpful and friendly staff. Thank you xxx
Tina Bluden - Beal, North Yorkshire
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
Thank you for the lovely train ride.
Glenda - Australia
Perfect perfect what a lovely place. Train, everything, perfect.
J Young

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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)


Open again Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th

No need to book tickets in advance - just turn up and buy your tickets on the day

In line with the UK GOV guidelines we are thrilled to be able to welcome back visitors in a very safe and COVID compliant environment.

Fortunately, we have lots of space at Woody Bay Station which means that our visitors can easily maintain social distancing.

  • Please ensure that you check-in using track and trace and (unless exempt), masks are worn when moving around the station area. Also, please make use of the hand-sanitizing stations located around the site.
  • Each self-contained compartment in our restored Victorian carriages will be thoroughly cleaned after every trip.
  • The Tea-Rooms will be providing a limited range of take-away snacks and beverages to consume in our spacious gardens.

Our timetable is HERE. But before visiting, please do check our main website and social media channels for any late changes to our planned opening days and train departure times.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back onboard this magical railway very soon

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


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