Copyright Tarka Valley Railway 2015
Welcome to the Tarka Valley Railway!
We’re not yet operational but we are getting there!
Come and see how we are doing
By Public Transport:
Buses 5B, 75, 75A, and 75B from Barnstaple or Bideford pass the door.
On Foot or Cycle:
We are next to the Tarka Trail, a bracing 5 mile walk or cycle from Bideford.
Like many stations built in the I800s,Torrington Station is quite some distance from the town!
If you are approaching from Bude or Barnstaple on the A39 (Atlantic Highway) take the A386 through Bideford and continue following signs for Torrington. After passing a sign for Frithlestock on your left, the road straightens and crosses the River Torridge. As the road begins to turn to the right, Tomngton Station is on your left.
If you are approaching from South Molton on the B3227, follow the signs for Torrington, passing through Umberleigh and Atherington. This road will join the A386 at a mini roundabout in Torrington. Continue straight across the mini roundabout joining the A386 and follow the road through Torrington. Dropping down a lengthy and steep hill.Towards the bottom of the hill the road passes through a double bend. The turning into Torrington Station will be seen on your right as the road enters its second sharp turn to the left.
Approaching from Okehampton, take the A386 towards Tornngton passing through a number of villages. Entering Torrington you will climb a steep winding hill ending at a mini roundabout. Turn left continuing on the A386 passing through rows of houses. Entering the countryside and dropping down a lengthy and steep hill. Towards the bottom of the hill the road passes through a double bend. The turning into Torrington Station will be seen on your right as the road enters its second sharp turn to the left.
Of note is that you will NOT see many shops. Torrington main shopping centre can be found off the main road.
How to Find us
The Tarka Valley Railway Group was set up in July 2008 by a small group of like-minded individuals and local support was quickly achieved and a strong membership base was soon established. Whilst the planning process has taken a vast amount of effort behind the scenes, visible signs of progress were soon evident on site. Two panels of track were added to the original track in the platform and a new temporary buffer stop was installed at the end of the platform. The railway has been fenced off from the Tarka Trail ensuring the safety of all involved. Restoration of various items of railway stock is currently underway.
Every Thursday, (barring unforeseen circumstances).
Thursday is our work-party day at the station, so at times it may be necessary to ask you to closely supervise young children and keep dogs on a lead, as there are likely to be dangerous tools around the locomotive which is currently being serviced. Thank you for your co-operation on this!
It is hoped to open on Saturdays and Sundays also, though the availability of enough volunteers for this makes it difficult to commit to doing so just yet. The A-board notice outside the station will announce that the carriage and shop are actually open at the time.
NB:- if any members are able to spare some time to staff the carriage even for parts of days please contact 07881 905260.