L&BR on TV Channel 5

Published: 18th November, 2020

Rob Bell discovers the now-abandoned lines that unlocked the wild coastline of North Devon.

He begins by following the dramatic Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Railway, which once built, proved an instant success, eventually carrying the glamorous Atlantic Coast Express service, direct from London Waterloo.

He then crosses to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, which traverses the wild terrain of Exmoor up to the cliff-top village of Lynton.

Rob follows the adventurous, narrow-gauge route, discovering the extraordinary tale of the line's construction and the section at Woody Bay Station that has been fully restored.

Walking Britain's Lost Railways Friday 27 November 8pm Channel 5