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West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway is the longest heritage railway in the UK, running for just over 20 miles to Minehead on the Somerset coast.

We begin in the quaint village of Bishop's Lydeard, from where our historic train starts a relatively steep climb into the lower reaches of the Quantock Hills. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the view from the train is simply magnificent as the line peaks then descends to Crowcombe Heathfield. From here the journey continues along the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. Our train then reaches a picturesque valley between the Quantock and Brendon Hills as we arrive in the pretty village of Stogumber. The West Somerset Railway then continues to descend past rolling rural farmland and through Williton, passing the Coleridge Way - named because the landscape here inspired some of the writer's best work. At this point the coast comes into view, with a wonderful vista over the golden sands leading down to the Bristol Channel.

Our (usually) steam-hauled service runs alongside the shore as it arrives in the ancient harbour town of Watchet. On departing Watchet, the railway heads back inland slightly as it climbs to the delightful town of Washford, a lively place that has remained a popular visitor destination for decades.

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North Devon & Somerset
15 Sep 2023
5 stars
“Great holiday made even better by the fantastic weather. The itinerary is just right, packing plenty in with 1 free day to do as you please. Our tour manager Colin was knowledgeable about the area which is an added bonus of course. As regular customers with the company we're very aware that this is not always the case, they are after all tour managers not tour guides. The 3 star Barnstaple hotel is only let down by it's location, a half hour walk from town with an industrial estate behind it. This made it a bit noisy at times as they worked through the nights. If it wasn't for that I suspect this would be a 4 star hotel as everything else was excellent and the food outstanding, best choice and menu we've ever had on a Rail Discoveries or Great Rail Journeys holiday. I believe that next year they're using a hotel closer to the town centre by the same hotel chain, so hopefully that will help make a great holiday into a perfect holiday.
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