This Saturday coming 3rd September, 2016 is another outdoor event for the Cornwall Railway Society exploring the few remains of the Bideford, Westward Ho and Appledore Railway in North Devon.
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Timings Penzance 06.30 Camborne 06.51 Redruth 06.57 Truro 07.09 St Austell 07.25 Par 07.32 Bodmin Parkway 07.46 Plymouth 08.25 Exeter St David's 09.20/09.27 Barnstaple 10.35
Return from Barnstaple 17.08 Exeter St David's 18.23/18.46 Plymouth 19.42 Bodmin Parkway 20.23 Par 20.35 St Austell 20.41 Truro 21.02 Redruth 21.13 Camborne 21.19 Penzance 21.42
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This is the plan on arrival at Barnstaple.
Travel on the 21 Bus at 10.48 to Bideford Quay arrive 11.15. Look around the Quay and depart on the 21 bus at 11.40 Bus to Westward Ho arr 11.53 where I have allowed an hour to walk part of the coast path which was the alignment of the Railway, however there is no trace of the Station at Westward Ho but the site is still there. Depart on the 12.53 bus to Bideford and alight opposite the former carriage sheds which is now a Car Wash depot at 13.20. We then walk to the Quay for the Route19 Bus at14.00 hrs to Appledore Seagate Hotel arr 14.19 and walk the short distance to Appledore Station, parts of the Station remain as a memorial to the past, We then return on the same bus at 14.35 and remain on until East of the Water at 15.02 for a visit to the Bideford Railway Station. A few weeks ago it looked rather run down, however alongside there is a place of refreshment which should suit all taste. We walk back over Bideford Bridge and Catch the 21 16.05 or 16.15 Bus to Barnstaple Station arriving at 16.31 or 16.41 for our return home to Cornwall
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Railtour Mike Morant