The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

“Steam Trains at Woody Bay”

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. This is the longest-closed section of railway line to have ever been reopened solely through volunteer effort anywhere in the world.

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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 restore fully 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. Having closed in 1935 the L&B predated all other preserved railways. Today it is owned by the Members of the L&BR Trust and run almost entirely by volunteers.

The L&B Trust membership is made up of people who wish to and do support us and our work.

Not all our supporters are members as we also rely on the public for support and they do so with over 40,000 visitors a year using our facilities.  If unable to visit, some make a donation – there is still much to do.

A recreated railway will make a real difference – but we do need the support of people like you to make it happen.

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The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is wholly owned by the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust: – Registered Charity No. 1082564