Woody Bay

Woody Bay

  • Ancient woodlands
  • Waterfalls
  • Railway

Woody Bay nestles among the steep cliffs of the rugged coast below the heights of Exmoor.

The hamlet of Woody Bay was once destined as a tourist resort, but it is now a quiet residential area. A steep track runs to a rough slipway and a small beach with a lime kiln, lime burner´s cottage and the remains of a pier. Hanging Water stream runs down thickly wooded cliffs to a waterfall, and there are local legends of ghosts and smugglers.

Woody Bay Station opened in 2004. It is a narrow gauge running on the old Lynton and Barnstable line which was closed in 1935. Diesel and steam engine s carry passengers. It was originally classed as an attraction and so VAT had to be paid on fares but by opening a further section of line and allowing passengers to alight from the train it is now classed as transport and as such no VAT is payable to ride the trains.

Woody Bay is a lovely sheltered bay where the steep cliffs are covered in woods and a fast flowing stream gushes down the hillside to the beach below. There is a small car park next to the road and the path zig-zags down through the woods to the beach below. The beach, made up of rocks, large pebbles and shingle, is safe for swimming and is a lovely place to just sit, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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