Exmoor Associates is pleased to announce that at the biannual Shareholders’ Meeting at Goodleigh Village Hall on Saturday 26th September we were able to announce the successful purchase of 1,106 yards (50 chains) of trackbed at Loxhore for the eventual phase 3 restoration of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.
The newly acquired trackbed extends from Chelfham Woods where it borders with the trackbed owned by the L&BR CIC at Chelfham and follows the route past Loxhore Cross as far as Bratton Cross Road Bridge (Bridge 24). Regrettably the new EA trackbed is not continuous as it does not include the relatively short section alongside the Quarry Site at Bridge 23 which remains in private ownership. Our newly purchased trackbed continues from the other side of the privately owned section up to Bratton Cross Road Bridge (Bridge 24).
1. Map showing the extent of the newly purchased trackbed which is indicated in ‘blue’.
6. This is the end of the EA trackbed at the missing Quarry Bridge (Bridge 23). The photo shows the view from the road looking through what once was the portal beneath the now demolished bridge which once connected these embankments together. The right hand embankment marks the end of one section of the procured trackbed (see the above map), whilst that on the left is the start of a short section of land still privately owned. Beyond the embankments can be seen the now overgrown wooded area of the old quarry.
9. For our curious visitors here is the view from above Bratton Cross Road Bridge (Bridge 24) from behind the parapet looking down on the emerging trackbed as it sweeps round a sharp right hand curve towards Bratton Fleming. Please note that the land on this side of the bridge is privately owned.
Purchasing the many pieces of the former Lynton & Barnstaple Railway back together is very hard work, and we only have limited funds with which to do it. If you would like to help us with future acquisitions, please spare a few moments to view the “Support Us” page on this website.
Photo credits: 2 -8 Andy Hearn, 9 Rob Sadd