Heritage Trail

(Young apprentices from Heritage England enjoy a tour of our Railway Heritage Trail in August 2022, guided by Combe Rail trustees)

The former railway trackbed from Ilfracombe to Willingcott now forms part of the National Cycle Network’s Coast-to-Coast Route 27. We are restoring railway infrastructure and installing innovative interpretation along the route, for the enjoyment of all who use it.

We have restored a signal arm to the surviving Ilfracombe down distant signal post. A PV panel lights the LED lamp for a few seconds every minute.

With kind assistance from Pall Europe (keen volunteers and hire of a digger) the trackbed is prepared on Ilfracombe bank to receive a demonstration track panel.

A 1950’s-stye enamel sign marks the former pedestrian entrance to Ilfracombe station, and welcomes visitors to our Railway Heritage trail

Four Wifi points along the Trail enable smartphone users to access video slideshows of the railway in its heyday