Devon Delights & Somerset Steam

Devon Delights & Somerset Steam

Scenery, Steam & Sail on this delightful 6 day tour of Devon


Scenery, Steam & Sail on this delightful 6 day tour of Devon


The town's name is conjectured to derive from 'Twy-ford-ton' or 'Twyverton', meaning 'the town on two fords', and was historically referred to as 'Twyford'. The town stands at the confluence of the rivers Exe and Lowman.

The Pannier Market in the town has recently been redeveloped at a cost of more than £3 million, alongside its car park and minor shopping precinct, increasing market capacity and allowing markets to be held more frequently.



Sidmouth is situated on the south coast of Devon 15 miles southeast of Exeter and is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Sidmouth has a population of about 15,000, of whom 60% are over 65. Sidmouth Folk Week is a famous annual folk festival in early August attracting musicians and visitors from around the world. A large part of the town has been designated a conservation area. Like many such settlements, it was originally a fishing village. Although attempts have been made to construct a harbour, none has succeeded. A lack of shelter in the bay prevented growth as a port. Sidmouth remained a village until the fashion for coastal resorts grew in the Georgian and Victorian periods of the 18th and 19th centuries. The numerous fine Georgian and Regency villas and mansions are now mostly hotels.


Exmouth is a lively town, situated on the east coast of Devon, where the River Exe meets the sea. The town offers a diverse selection of shops, places to eat and things to do.

River Exe Cruise

Sailing throughout the year on calm and sheltered waters, this trip is suitable for the everyone. Sailing from Exmouth your Skipper will give you a live commentary on the history of the area, the beautiful sights and the resident and visiting wildlife. As a designated RAMSAR site, the Exe is one of the top rivers in the country for wildlife and is a feeding ground for several seals, you maybe lucky enough to see the resident seal on your trip.

This trip is suitable for manual wheelchair users and persons with reduced mobility.


West Somerset Railway

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) operates services using both heritage steam and diesel trains over 20.5 miles of track between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. During special events some trains continue a further two miles to Norton Fitzwarren. Originally opened in 1862 between Taunton and Watchet it was eventually extended from Watchet to Minehead to accommodate the significant number of tourists that wished to travel to the Somerset coast. The line was closed by British Rail in 1971 and reopened in 1976 as a heritage line and is the longest standard gauge independent heritage railway in the United Kingdom.


Grand Western Canal

Located in Mid Devon the beautiful Grand Western Canal Park is a truly unique Living Heritage Attraction that offers an enjoyable day out for everyone that loves Boats, Horses, Wildlife and Water.

Being one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in the UK, a trip on the “Tivertonian” offers a truly unique and memorable experience of yesteryear for you to enjoy! On the 2½ hr return cruise you will hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the horse-drawn barge and the Grand Western Canal. There is often two minutes silence, where the peace and tranquility of travelling by horse-drawn barge can be fully appreciated.



RHS Rosemoor Garden

Rosemoor is an internationally renowned collection of gardens in North Devon. Lady Anne Palmer created the original garden of 8 acres in 1959 and developed it over a 30 year period. Lady Palmer gave it to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1988, together with an additional 32 acres. It is surrounded by over 100 acres of woodlands; with the River Torridge running along the western border. Highlights include the Rose garden, with about 2000 roses, the Arboretum, the Herb, Fruit and Vegetable gardens and the Alpine House. Rosemoor has given its name to a variety of Clematis. 



Barnstaple is a pleasant town, nestling in the valley of the River Taw, seven miles from the mouth of the river, it is the administrative, commercial and agricultural centre of North Devon. It is the main town of the district and claims to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom It was founded at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, about 3 miles from the Taw's seafall at the Bristol Channel. 

Pannier Market

Enjoy the charm and friendly atmosphere of one of Britain's largest indoor markets. There's something for everyone. Largely unchanged in over 150 years, Barnstaple's historic Pannier Market has a wide range of stalls, with everything from fresh local produce, flowers and crafts, to prints and pictures, fashion and much more. Ideally located on the bustling High Street, the market is a must-see attraction for all visitors to the town. The market boasts two café's each offering varied menus at great prices and a relaxed atmosphere, where you can sit and watch the world go by. Open all year round from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, there really is something for everyone on every day of the week, except Sundays and bank holidays. And if the market is not enough, there is a great mix of national and independent shops and other attractions nearby.

Day 1

Our journey to the west country is via the M6 & M5 motorways, comfort stops will be made en-route and we are due to arrive at our hotel, the Best Western Tiverton, late afternoon. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head to the stylish regency resort of Sidmouth, situated on the Jurassic coast, Englands first natural world heritage site, Sidmouth is a town caught in a timeless charm. We then head to Exmouth, here we have a relaxing circular cruise on the River Exe with commentary on the sights, history and wildlife of the surrounding area. Dinner on our return to Tiverton.

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Day 3

Full day tour, as we head to the beautiful North Devon coast, first visit is to Lynmouth, site of a horrific flood in 1952, before heading up Porlock Hill and along the Exmoor heritage coast to Dunster a unique medieval village that has over 200 listed buildings. After lunch we head back into Minehead for a ride on the West Somerset Railway, the longest steam heritage railway in England. We rejoin our coach at Bishops Lydeard for the journey back to Tiverton and dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

We head in to Tiverton for a pleasant journey along the Grand Western Canal by horse drawn boat. During your special journey, you will hear memorable tales, anecdotes and historical facts about the horse-drawn barge and the Grand Western Canal. We spend the afternoon in the ancient market town of Tiverton with its delightful setting on the banks of the River Exe. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 5

This morning we visit the wonderful RHS Gardens at Rosemoor, a 65-acre site of intoxicating beauty and ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials, vegetables and woodland areas. In the afternoon we visit Barnstaple, North Devon’s premier town, a visit to the Pannier market is a must, as well as exploring the pretty little alleyways, courtyards and Georgian buildings of Barnstaple. Dinner at the Tiverton Hotel.

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Day 6

We leave North Devon for our return home to Cumbria, arriving home early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Best WesternTiverton Hotel

Look forward to  a traditional West Country welcome. Expect warm smiles, genuine service and high standards of hospitality to meet the needs of the modern business and leisure guest. Located in the heart of Mid-Devon just 10 mins from J27 of the M5 and close to both Taunton & Exeter, our hotel sits within two and a half acres of mature gardens, with ample free parking. We have 69 spacious en-suite bedrooms many on the ground floor and some specially adapted rooms for our less abled bodied guests. We also offer superior rooms with king size beds, purpose built desks and bath robes. The hotels facilities also include free WiFi, a popular bar, the Gallery Restaurant serving

great regional cuisine, sourced whenever possible from local West Country producers.

Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in one of our spacious standard rooms. We have a combination of Double and Twin rooms many on the ground floor.

  • Satellite TV with iPod docking

  • Free wifi

  • Courtesy tea and coffee tray

  • Iron and ironing board

  • En-suite facilities


 Our spacious adapted rooms enjoy all the features of our standard rooms and have specially modified facilities available.

  • Wheelchair accessible Showers

  • Additional Hand Rails

  • Additional Bed for Carer if appropriate

  • Located on the Ground Floor

    In addition we can arrange wheelchair hire and we have excellent support from our house doctor if required.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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