In true Beeching style, the West Somerset Steam Railway has past glory as a commuter line from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. Whether you’re looking for a nostalgic ride back in time or just a journey through the lush countryside, the line is full of fascination. At 20.5 miles, it’s the longest standard gauge independent heritage railway in the UK.
You’ll pass through the scenic Quantock Hills, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel, Dunster’s imposing castle and end up in coastal Minehead. Services are operated by a mixture of preserved steam and diesel locomotives which pull former British Rail Mark 1 coaches painted in a chocolate and cream livery. It has all the ingredients to make it one of the best heritage railways in the UK.