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Devon and the South West Steam Railway Holiday

Steam train approaching Kingswear. Devon. England

The Little Western

Steaming in the English Riviera

Holiday date: Friday, 16th September 2022
UK
England
5 days for  £839 per person
£1678 for two people sharing
Single supplement £100
Tour reference: LW5/1

Enjoy the cream of Devon (and Somerset) during five days of heavenly touring. There is an overdose of steam and scenery in our imaginative West Country itinerary. Looking for a treat this summer? – here it is! all”!

Holiday Highlights

Cliff top views at Pecorama & the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Twenty miles of steam travel on the West Somerset Railway
Enjoy desolate Dartmoor and get locked-up at the prison
Linking the Dartmouth & South Devon Railways
Scenic branch-lines to Exmouth, Okehampton & Barnstaple
A riverside ride on the Seaton tramway

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

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.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

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!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

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.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

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!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Railways

Coming soon!

Our Hotel(s)

3 Star

The Devon Hotel, Exeter

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.

Features and Facilities

60 luxury bedrooms
Sky TV
Lounge
Sun Terrace
Fitness Suite

What's included

Transport

All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday

Entertainment

All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Porterage
Lunches
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