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
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.