Friday, September 11th
Devon and the South West Steam Railway Holiday
Friday, September 11th
Enjoy the cream of Devon (and Somerset) 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, and even a shopping centre without shops! If you’re looking for a late summer treat in the south-west this really is the one for you!
FridayWe meet early afternoon at Newton Abbot Station and set off for afternoon fun at a local supermarket for our first of many train rides of the holiday. 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.
SaturdayTo 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, varied, “seasidey” day out!
SundayWe begin our day with a visit to the Okehampton/Meldon Quarry Railway. Great fun and towering views are followed by a scenic drive clean across Dartmoor to Plymouth. Next, we’re off for Inside Track’s inaugural visit to the Plym Valley Railway. Once we have had our fun, we set off for another first for Inside Track, a boat tour of Plymouth’s coastline and Devonport Dockyard, wowzah! Enjoy an informative and interesting couple of hours before we make our way back to Pinhoe by rail and coach.
MondayHere comes heaven! 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’s 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!
TuesdayOur 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 at the Gartell Light Railway, 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 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!