Postcode for SatNav: TA4 4PA
The first sod on the original West Somerset Railway was lifted as part of the cutting at the tranquil wayside station of Crowcombe Heathfield which stands at the highest point on the line, a little less than 400’ above sea level.
The main station building dates from the 1860s whilst the wooden building on the opposite platform is a replacement for an earlier structure demolished by British Railways.
Similarly the signal box dates from the preservation era. The brick base was built new by the West Somerset Railway whilst the wooden top comes from Ebbw Vale in South Wales.
The station is surrounded by lovely scenic countryside and a network of lanes, bridle ways and footpaths offering walking, cycling and horse riding.
The station is not close to any major settlement and the visual charm of the surroundings has caught the eye of several TV and film directors. Well known films containing scenes shot at the station include "The Flockton Flyer", "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the opening sequence of "Land Girls", and Ringo Starr riding a bicycle down the platform in The Beatles film "A Hard Days Night".
During operating days the station is open for light refreshments and you can be assured of a great welcome. On Gala days the menu widens to include hot savoury snacks and a coal fire to warm you during cold weather! There is also a small shop, limited car parking and an accessible toilet.
The station has a booking office and prices from this Station can be found on the WSR Fares pages.
Why not do the 'One (and a bit) Mile Walk'? Enjoy a gentle 1˝ mile circular walk from the station crossing two railway bridges which gives some lovely views of the line. In between the bridges is the ‘Avenue’ where the majestic beech trees display stunning spring and autumn colours.
More details of this wonderful station can be found on the Friends of Crowcombe Heathfield station (FoCHs) website, and volunteer signalman Martin Southwood has collected many interesting images and information on his West Somerset/Crowcombe Heathfield station pages.
What to see and do nearby
Close by are the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a popular place for walkers, photographers and cyclists , or