We meet early afternoon at Exeter St David’s Station and set off for afternoon fun at Bicton Park. Not just lovely gardens to explore but a narrow-gauge railway as well - this place is a delight! Later, we check in for our first relaxing evening in Devon…at the Devon.
To Somerset today using the inimitable “Tarka Line” to Barnstaple. Scenery unfolds as we head up to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, before an up and down coastal drive to Minehead. Our afternoon is spent with one of the country’s premier steam lines, the West Somerset Railway operating between Minehead, Watchet and Bishops Lydeard. An early evening drive, over Exmoor, back to our hotel completes a lovely, varied, “seasidey” day out!
A day of diverse and unusual attractions awaits. we set off from Exeter by rail on the re-established line to Okehampton. Now into the heart of Dartmoor, famed for it’s prison, and that’s where we are going. You will find the prison museum fascinating we are sure. Our next stop is Buckfast Abbey, where the attractions Include the Abbey, the Monk’s Gardens and local produce shops. Finally, we cross the Exe using the Starcross Ferry and take the scenic Exmouth Branch Line back Into Exeter completing a wonderful circular tour.
The South Devon Circular - a “local” day spent enjoying two legendary steam railways, from Buckfastleigh to Totnes (The South Devon) and from Paignton to Kingswear (The Dartmouth Steam Railway). But that is not all, there is our trip on the River Dart aboard the even more legendary P.S. Kingswear Castle. Days out don’t come much better than this!
Our last day and, typically, Inside Track will ensure you begin your journey home with fun and variety. So, we firstly head for Seaton (for a narrow gauge, open top – for it will be sunny!) tram to Colyton and Colyford. Then it is steam, gardens, and models as we visit Pecorama, perched on the cliff tops at Beer. We sign off with a drive across to Taunton where homeward bound journeys commence.
Located right on the edge of Exeter this is a new hotel to us and an exciting find. The main building is a Georgian Manor House and all of the modern rooms boast the amenities one would expect - TV, WiFi, tea/coffee facilities and a bed. There is, of course, a very pleasant bar and restaurant. The hotel has a fine reputation locally for the standard of food and to ensure quality of service, our evening meals will be at an agreed time according to the day’s itinerary.