Unfortunately, most of the L&BR route remains in private ownership, with no right of access. We are in negotiation with most of the land owners, and trespass by enthusiasts does cause us problems so please assist us in our endeavors and not walk on private land.
As a first step we suggest that you buy a copy of OS map OL9, EXMOOR and trace the route on the map. Alternatively, there are several useful maps in L&BR Journey which can be purchased online. You will then see where you can walk on, or be near, the old L&B trackbed.
There is no public access to the actual trackbed between Lynton and Woody Bay Station - although you can still see Caffyns Bridge from the A39 and the route from there to Dean Steep.
From Killington Lane, a short public footpath runs along the route to Parracombe Lane. This is described in the booklet Short Walks from Killington Lane available from Woody Bay.
There is a short section near Rowley Cross off the A39 Parracombe Bypass where there is a car park and picnic area.
There is a good walk around Wistlandpound reservoir, which closely follows the old railway line.
A small public lane runs along the old route between Hunnacott and Narracott, north of Bratton Fleming, and this can make for a pleasant walk.
A public footpath closely follows the old line south from Bratton Fleming Station, through Bratton woods.
Chelfham Station is well worth a visit: we own a section of the line from the station heading north through woods towards Bratton, and the next section is owned by our associate group - Exmoor Associates, through open fields. More details about this can be found if you visit Chelfham station on a Sunday or Wednesday afternoon, when our volunteers are on site.
Exmoor Associates also own Snapper Halt, and a length of the route through fields alongside the River Yeo and at Collard Bridge.
The route of the line can be traced from the old Barnstaple Town Station, to Pilton Yard, and then a short walk alongside the River Yeo on the outskirts of the town to Bridge No 6 Derby Lane close-by the Barnstaple British Legion.
I absolutely fall in love with this place every time we go.Date of experience - October 2022
The station was like going back in time very quaint and idyllic.Date of experience - September 2022
Woody Bay Station is in pristine condition & takes you straight back in time.Date of experience - September 2022