Take the Mineral Line Walk between Washford and Watchet...
Catch either of the first two trains from Bishops Lydeard Station to Washford Station.
Washford Station is the home of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust which has established a museum at the Station along with a fine collection of railway vehicles in the yard.
The walk to Watchet is about two miles long, most of it along a well made footpath.
Start by leaving Washford Station by the steps or, if you have a pushchair or wheelchair, by the yard gate. Pass the Washford Inn, keep to the pavement along the main road but soon turn left into and then follow Castle Mead down to Willow Grove. Turn left towards the Railway Bridge turning right towards the school in Huish Lane. On the left just past the school is a track next to the thatched Lilac Cottage; follow the track to the playing field. Follow the footpath around the field and join the Mineral Line Walk.
At any point along the Walk there are spots suitable for the picnic, to relax or play a game.
Roughly half way along the Walk is Kentsford Farm on the right. Take a brief excursion to this ancient farm with its duck pond and waterways.
Back on the main Walk, pass under the Mineral Line Bridge, join the Whitehall road, turning left onto a footpath just before the river bridge. You are now in Watchet proper - enjoy the harbour, the promenade, the shops before making your way to Watchet Station in time for the train back to Bishops Lydeard which leaves at either 2.37pm or 4.39pm.
For much of the summer there are other return trains to choose - check here...
Detailed descriptions can be found at West Somerset Mineral Railway website which also has a useful printer-friendly summary sheet - but please be aware the walk is described from Watchet to Washford whereas we are going from Washford to Watchet!
·Try this idea for a day out in 2012...
·Arrive just after ten or just after midday at Bishops Lydeard Station and get tickets to Washford.
·Catch the 10.25am or 12.35pm train from Bishops Lydeard Station.
·Leave the train at Washford Station.
·Enjoy a leisurely walk along the old Mineral Line footpath to Watchet
·Enjoy the harbour and the shops at Watchet
·There will be time an ice cream then be back at the station at Watchet before half-past two (for the 2.37pm train) or before half-past four (for the 4.39pm train)
·Most summer days the chance to maybe spend more time then be back at the station at Watchet around quarter to six to catch the last train to Bishops Lydeard...
Feel free to use the Timetables to plan a alternative day out!
The same Timetables show the days that trains run...