Devon and the South West Steam Railway Holiday
Enjoy the cream of Devon (and Somerset, and a bit of Cornwall!) from our lovely, country base during five days of heavenly holiday. Delightful and varied steam train journeys are integrated into an imaginative itinerary that brings in boats, ferries, bridges, a mine and even a shopping centre without shops! For summer in the south-west this really is it.
We meet early afternoon at Newton Abbot Station and set off for summer fun at a local supermarket (our first steam of the holiday too). We then continue to our hotel via the Starcross Ferry to Exmouth, and by branch line to Exeter. We should be in Pinhoe by about 18.00.
To Somerset today using the inimitable “Tarka Line” to Barnstaple. Scenery unfolds as we head up to the Lynton and Barnstaple narrow gauge railway, then on to the seriously impressive standard gauge West Somerset Railway operating between Minehead, Watchet and Bishops Lydeard. An early evening drive, over Exmoor, back to our hotel completes a lovely, summery, “seasidey” day out!
There is a super summer Sunday only train service from Exeter to Okehampton. We begin our day with this to visit the Okehampton/Meldon Quarry Railway. Great fun and towering views are followed by a scenic drive around Dartmoor to Morwellham Quay. Copper, culture, history and a train into the mine. We’ll enjoy an informative and interesting couple of hours in and out of the sun here. On then to Gunnislake for a forage into Cornwall aboard the branch line train to Plymouth where we change for a train back to Exeter and Pinhoe.
Here comes heaven! A “local” day spent enjoying two legendary steam railways, from Buckfastleigh to Totnes (The South Devon) and from Paignton to Kingswear (The Torbay Steam Railway). But that’s not all, there is our trip on the River Dart aboard the even more legendary P.S. Kingswear Castle. Summer days out don’t come much better than this!
Our last day and, typically, Inside Track will ensure you begin your journey home enjoying fun and variety en route. So, we head for Castle Cary via Seaton (for a narrow gauge, open top – for it will be sunny) tram to Colyton and Colyford. We continue to visit our friends, near Templecombe, for lunch (included) and steam on the former S&D track bed. Homeward bound journeys will be from Castle Cary about mid afternoon, returning home from heaven!
The Gipsy Hill Hotel, Pinhoe
Set in three acres of landscaped gardens this is the perfect secluded retreat to enjoy your gin & tonic sunsets! A hill top location affords panoramic views across Devon and towards the coast. A very pleasant restaurant and bar complement the hotel and all rooms have the usual amenities, including hair dryers!