Lynton & Barnstaple Steam Railway


  • Parking
  • Children Welcome (from age 0 - 16)
  • Pets Welcome
  • Open from 11 Feb 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
  • Open Christmas


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.

Telephone: 01598 763 487


Address: Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4RA