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Killington Lane to Blackmoor Gate and Wistlandpound with Maps & Photos

Extending the railway beyond the current railheads.

Construction work can only commence once we have obtained Planning Permission. Fundraising has already begun, if you can contribute or help us in any way, please click HERE.

Blackmoor Map
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Killington Lane Halt is built alongside the trackbed so that the construction of the next section will not disrupt our current train services.  Once the train service is extended to Blackmoor, Killington Lane Halt will be removed and the area revert back to farmland.

Trackbed between Killington and Parracombe Lane


Aerial View of Killington Lane and Beacon Down Quarry © L&BRT Philip Lane.  The red line indicates the approximate track alignment.

From the south looking towards Woody Bay

Killington Lane looking towards Parracombe Trackbed between Killington and Parracombe Lane

The railway will go under Killington Lane via a new bridge. The bridge design was produced for the railway by engineering design consultants Atkins. Next we need approved Planning Permission so we can build the road bridge - for which funds will be needed. The cuttings will also need to be dug out!

Bridge 64 Underneath the road at bridge 63, Parracombe Lane

Beyond Killington Lane, the railway leaves a cutting and sweeps through the fields to Parracombe Lane. The bridge here is still intact (pictured) and just requires one new parapet wall one side and the fill excavated from both sides.

Cricket Field Lane occupation crossing St Petrock's Church above the trackbed at Churchtown

At Cricket Field Lane (shown above) the railway crosses a right of way on the level. A triangle of land has been purchased adjoining the trackbed for possible other uses in the future. At Parracombe Churchtown the trackbed curves around the back of Fairview, to the Halt - see below.. 

The old Southern Railway waiting shelter at Parracombe Halt Parracombe Village

In a slightly more sheltered location at Churchtown, Parracombe will be a fantastic station. It is a stone's throw from the historic St Petrock's Church, one of the oldest church buildings in Britain. Parracome also boasts Heddon Hall Gardens and the village's pub The Fox & Goose.
The old concrete waiting shelter on the platform at Parracombe is still in situ!

Parracombe Halt, looking on towards Blackmoor Occupation Crossing adjacent to Parracombe Bank

From Parracombe Halt, the railway traverses Lorna Doone Farm, before reaching Parracombe Bank. The centre of the embankment was washed away in 1952 during the Lynmouth Floods.

The remains of the culvert beneath Parracombe Bank Trackbed near Holwell Castle

The trackbed clings to a ledge below the A39, passing through Holwell Woods and then through the fields immediately above Holwell Castle, Parracombe's own textbook-style Motte & Bailey Castle!

Parracombe viewed from the trackbed at Holwell Farm Trackbed immediately beneath and parallel to the A39, near Rowley Cross

There are some wonderful views looking back to Parracombe, and then a brief stretch where the railway runs parallel to the A39, through a cutting to Rowley Cross and another significant cutting again filled in.

Rowley Cross Bridge, seen from the trackbed (filled in cutting) View from Rowley Cross Bridge

The bridge at Rowley Cross is still there, but more fill will need excavating from the cutting. Beyond the bridge, in the next field, a cast-in-situ occupation crossing is still be visible.

View from trackbed at Rowley Barton Trackbed at Rowley Barton

Between Rowley Cross and Blackmoor the trackbed switches between level open fields, embankments and patches of woodland. The views here are equal to those  near Woody Bay, but are now seen from a different angle.

Embankment above Lower Rowley Trackbed at Lower Rowley

Very little work needs to be done on the trackbed between Rowley and Blackmoor. as it remains sound with few obstacles.

Cutting at Rowley Moor, near Blackmoor The Old Station Inn, formerly Blackmoor Station

At Blackmoor the new railway will depart the original trackbed. It will then pass under the A39 at a different angle to the original and come out below the Old Station Inn, in the field currently occupied by Alpacas (note they are not Llamas!).

This area is the site of a proposed Transport Hub so another important benefit of bringing the railway to Blackmoor Gate, is that it will be a significant feature as part of a park and ride scheme from the edge of the National Park to Lynton & Lynmouth. We will be developing this in partnership with Exmoor National Park and Devon County Council. 

Blackmoor to South Thorne
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Blackmoor and the new formation below the beer garden The view across the new formation towards the A39 and Kentisbury

At Blackmoor the new railway formation will pass below the current beer garden, allowing the pub and restaurant to continue to function as they are and allowing the railway and the pub to complement each other.

Bridge 55, where the new trackbed formation will rejoin the original trackbed Between Blackmoor and Pound Lane

The trackbed between Blackmoor and Wistlandpound is owned by Exmoor Associates on behalf of the railway. The new formation will rejoin the original trackbed immediately below Blackmoor, just before the cattle creep.

Looking back along the high embankment from Pound Lane bridge Wistlandpound Bridge

The bridge over Pound Lane will need reinstating, but is the only major engineering work required as far as Wistlandpound.

Wistlandpound Reservoir, the first glimpse gained from the trackbed as it sweeps into view Bridge 52, beside the Calvert Trust

At Wistlandpound, the original trackbed remains intact to just past the bridge by the Calvert Trust. It is anticipated that here, just prior to the start of the deviation, a new station/halt will be constructed to serve Wistlandpound and the Calvert Trust. This will make another fantastic stopping point for visitors, with scenic woodland walks and trails, plus the opportunity to link with the Calvert Trust which is likely to bring wide ranging benefits to the local community.


It is not intended that we rebuild the railway from Wistlandpound to Lynton in one hit - but given the necessary funds  and support anything is possible.


 

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