Wessex Attractions: East Somerset Railway

The East Somerset Railway (ESR) runs along a 212-mile stretch of the former Cheddar Valley line that originally linked Witham with Wells, where it joined the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. After it was axed as part of the Beeching/Marples rail cuts, the artist David Shepherd purchased Cranmore station with a view to preservation, Cranmore now serves as the headquarters of the ESR.

At the time of writing, the ESR is open, though social distancing measures are in place inside train carriages. An adult day rover ticket costs £11, with childrens, concessionary and family tickets available. Visit their website for details.

Their postcode, for satnav purposes, is BA4 4QP, and bus number 161 serves Cranmore station from Monday to Friday.

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