Last Friday I enjoyed a step back in time when I joined the Lynton and Lynmouth Explorer organised by the West Somerset Railway.
Starting my journey from the Somerset village of Bishops Lydeard I found ample parking (there is also a bus option). The station and staff are wheelchair friendly and accessible and well maintained toilets are available. Children and pets are welcome.
My journey started in a traditional steam train carriage – very comfy and nostalgic – I bought a tea from the station cafe and took onboard with me although there was also a buffet service onboard.
The train journey passed through wonderful countryside and along the coast with beautiful views out over the Bristol Channel. There were several stops at stunningly maintained little stations on the way to Minehead.
Once in Minehead we were met by a small coach waiting to take us on the onward journey to Lynton & Lynmouth. The bus was not wheelchair friendly and could be difficult to navigate if you have any mobility issues. Passenger lists there and back were not checked and the bus left early on the way back so make sure you are on it ahead of time as it will not wait!
The journey from Minehead to Lynmouth took about 45 minutes and passed through more lovely countryside with views over Exmoor and the Doone Valley and through picturesque villages including Porlick. We also ascended the 1:4 Porlick Hill (a must do for hill climbing cyclists!!).
There are about 2 hours to explore Lynmouth and take the wonderful funicular railway up to Lynton where i enjoyed lunch at one of the many cafes.
Back to the bus promptly for the return journey to Minehead.
There was about 30 minutes to spare before the return train which gave me a chance to enjoy an icecream and stroll along the Minehead seafront before boarding and setting off for home. There is a lovely cafe on the station in which you can buy a lovely takeaway cream tea to enjoy on the train.
Altogether a wonderful day out which I would recommend to everyone.
“WSR webcam at Bishops Lydeard station”:http://www.wsr.org.uk/r-cam-bl2.htm
“The WSR website”:http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/