Railways of Somerset & the Dawlish Coast

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2 May 2019 - 26 Sep 2019
Duration: 5 days
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IT’S A HOLIDAY OF DREAMS FOR ANY RAIL ENTHUSIASTS

Rolling country meadows and glistening blue sea go hand in hand to create a holiday of dreams for any heritage rail enthusiasts. Keeping close to the market town of Tiverton, we enjoy rail journeys on no less than five different occasions, providing you with your perfect escape. From Buckfastleigh to Totnes, Bishops Lydeard to Minehead - and more... it’s time to sit back and relax as we travel in style through this beautiful corner of English countryside – we promise to make it one you will never forget.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Tiverton
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Join the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead
  • Visit the historic village of Dunster
  • Enjoy a ride on the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
  • Embrace unforgettable scenery from Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Cliff Railway
  • A ride on the South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes
  • Take a ride on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and river boat

Day 1: Tiverton

Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: West Somerset Railway & Dunster

This morning we board our coach and travel to the picturesque village of Bishops Lydeard to join the West Somerset Railway to Minehead. The route follows over 20 miles of glorious Somerset countryside with highlights including the Quantock Hill, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the distant hills of Exmoor, and spectacular views along the Devon coastline. From here we travel the pretty historic village of Dunster. Set on the hills is Dunster Castle which offers dramatic views over the village, which is filled with many listed buildings.

Day 3: Lynton & Barnstaple Railway – Lynton & Lynmouth Funicular Cliff Railway

Today our coach takes us to Woody Bay Station, where we board the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, for a 2 mile round trip through stunning north Devon countryside before our coach takes us to the nearby town of Lynton. From here we take the Victorian Funicular Cliff Railway, a unique water powered lift which offers spectacular views of the north Devon coastline as you glide up the 862 foot track to the town of Lynton, perched 500 feet above. Explore each town with wealth of quaint curio, pottery and souvenir shops, as well as a local history museum.

Day 4: South Devon Railway – Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat

This morning we join the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh and embark on the 7 mile journey which follows a picturesque route alongside the River Dart to Totnes. On arrival, we board the boat cruise service and follow the valley full of natural beauty to Dartmouth. This beautiful fishing port is filled with narrow streets, sweeping steps and medieval buildings. After free time we join the foot ferry to Kingswear where we board the Dartmouth Stream railway to Paignton, which runs 7 miles along the spectacular Torbay coast and through the wooded slopes.

Day 5: Home

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore Tiverton.

Please note: We cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled and the running order of the itinerary may change depending on availability

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES

    Make your own way to and from hotel

      Check in from 15.00
      Check out 10.00

Best Western Tiverton

This 3 star hotel offers you a warm West Country welcome. The hotels gallery restaurant offers great cuisine from locally sourced produce and the bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink. Bedrooms are spacious and include satellite TV, free WI-FI and tea and coffee making facilities. The historic market town of Tiverton is a short walk away and the hotel also offers complimentary car parking.