The Lynton & Barnstaple Steam Railway

Steam trains through rolling countryside, with views out to wild moorland and the rugged coastline.

Originally opened in 1898, and closed in 1935; what you can see today at Woody Bay 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.

This initial section allows our visitors to experience a taste of what will one day become one of the ultimate narrow gauge treasures of the world as they once again travel by train along the original route above the delightful Heddon Valley near Parracombe in Exmoor's National Park on the longest closed section of railway line to have ever been reopened solely through volunteer effort.
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is a "non-profit" organisation offering narrow gauge train rides at Woody Bay in Exmoor National Park, with one aim: to fully restore the legendary Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

But the L&B is much more than a visitor attraction, we are an educational charity with a living classroom promoting an understanding of the transport systems of the past and their affect on the rural community living on the remotest and wildest parts of Exmoor - all some 20 miles from the next town.

What you see today was built from nothing - we have to date received no sizable contributions for any major public funding body.

Having closed in 1935 the L&B is the longest-abandoned section of railway anywhere in the world to be reopened. Today it is owned by the Members of the L&BR Trust and run almost entirely by volunteers.


Trains Service Information
Currently trains operate between Woody Bay Station and Killington Lane Halt.
For more details of the reconstruction of this section please click HERE and HERE

We do not operate trains to either Lynton or Barnstaple. The rail service to these two destinations is currently suspended pending reconstruction of the railway.

You board your train - comprised of restored heritage carriages - at Woody Bay Station, and travel to Killington Lane and back on a two-mile round trip behind a narrow-gauge steam locomotive. The complete trip lasts about 25 minutes. Tickets are valid all day so you can ride as many times as you like. Return anytime within 28 days and travel all day at half-price

Advance booking is not required

Days we are open
The railway operates almost every day (with just a few exceptions) from late March to early November; and Santa Specials and Mince Pie Specials run during December.

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