History of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Exmoor has always been a wild and remote area
and horse drawn travel was the only way
visitors could reach North Devon’s
attractive coastal towns and villages in the 1890’s.
With the coming of the railways and British tourism booming,
rails eventually reached Minehead and Ilfracombe,
but the heart of Exmoor had much more difficult terrain to overcome,
and a railway to Lynton seemed an impossibility.