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“enjoyable summer steam journey”

West Somerset Railway
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Minehead
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This scenic 20-mile rail tour from the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel coast recaptures the romantic era of steam rail travel.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We boarded at Bishops Lydeard - their is a good sized free car park - which is well signposted from Taunton onwards.
The journey takes about 1 hr 15 mins travelling through wonderful Somerset country and coastside to Minehead. All the staff are very helpful and friendly - and their are disabled ramps for those requiring help to board the trains. Most of the charming little stations are worth stopping off at, especially those with a museum or short walk to country or coastal village.
Buying a day rover ticket - currently £17 per adult - allows you to stop at any of the stations before rejoining the next service. Note that the timetable shows both steam and diesel services.
Minehead is a charming little english coastal resort - plenty of cafes etc - but the beach was somewhat disappointing!

Thank OdieUK
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We walked from dunster castle to the sream railway.if you only wont a short trip on a steam train just go to Miinehead and back.we did a Bishops Lydeard return ticket

1  Thank David P
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Paid £17.00 for an adult rover ticket to Bishop Lydeard return, you can also jump off at any station along the journey. Great train ride if you like steam or an old diesel. Very well cared for railway & a credit to everyone concerned.
Just be careful if you go on a MOnday & expect to go to Bishop Lydeard Mill........................it's closed on Monday's.......why????

2  Thank harleyscoot
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We purchased a Day Rover ticket from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard passing through some wonderful countryside and charming stations you could hop on and off at Whatchet looked excellent. At Bishops Lydeard we had a quick visit into the village, bit disappointing, only the pub worth visiting.
The cafe at Minehead was excellent with Bread pudding available, situated in a modern building not distracting from the old charm of the original station and platforms.
Well recommended the view over the Bristal Channels was great, the smells of steam on a summers day can't be replaced!

Thank WayOut77
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Visiting the West Somerset Railway for the second time did not disappoint. Chugged up an down on various trains while sipping a cold glass of beer or two, while taking it the ever changing scenery was a very pleasant last day of our long weekend. The rover ticket is best value allowing jump on jump off freedom. Staff are all very pleasant, friendly and relaxed. The train times allow time to stroll around Minehead. Dogs not allowed on the main beach May 1st to 30th Sept.
Watchet was particularly pleasant and worthy of a departure from the train. Also a great place to base yourself for a weekend, which we did.Try leaving the train at Watchet and walking the coastal path to Blue Anchor to rejoin the railway ( Distance approx 2-3 miles. A bit of a steep climb out of Watchet, initially along a narrow road so beware of idiot speeding motorists. Then out on to the cliff tops from which the view at sunset was something else. Beware livestock, dogs best kept on a leads.)

1  Thank Al R
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