South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park

Family attraction.

The River Dart rises as two rivers on the high north plateau of Dartmoor before joining at Dartmeet and then flowing down to the border of the National Park. From there, it meanders to Totnes and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. The South Devon Railway follows the course of the River Dart between the border of Dartmoor National Park and Totnes. The railway is a popular visitor attraction for those on holiday in, and around, Dartmoor.

To visit, head for Buckfastleigh which is just off the A38 Exeter/Plymouth road. The railway is well signposted as are other tourist attractions in the area. The signposts guide you to Buckfastleigh. A sharp left exit from this road takes you under the A38 to the entrance. We've positioned the South Devon Railway on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location and the layout. There's a car park, museum, cafe and a model and gift shop. Trains runs regularly.

We've been on the train many times. Kids love the old fashioned train compartments. For most of the journey, the train runs along the north bank of the River Dart. The scenery is stunning. Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is at the Totnes end of the line.

For a big day out, buy the 3 for 1 ticket offering entrance to the South Devon Railway, Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies. The latter is located by the Buckfastleigh car park for the South Devon Railway. Clearly, all three attractions are conveniently located to one another.

If this is of interest, also try Dartmoor Railway up in Okehampton.

In the Buckfastleigh area, we'd recommend visiting Buckfast Abbey, Pennywell Farm and River Dart Adventures.

Note that there are many disused railway tracks in and around Dartmoor National Park. Many have been converted into multi-use trails. Others can be followed on foot into beautiful areas of the Park. Try the Granite Way and Drake's Trail.