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The Inland Route for the DAL (Dawlish Avoiding Line): having a look at the old ordnance survey map (1982) for ‘Okehampton and North Dartmoor’ one finds the markings for the disused railway line that used to run inland in order to avoid Dawlish and the seaside route between Exeter and Plymouth. According to the Ordnance Survey one can see a route that used to run from Exeter using the current Barnstaple line. Just after Crediton there is a branch line at Colebrooke taking this we pass by North Tawton, Okehampton go past Meldon (and the Meldon quarry). From there the train ran by scenic Lydford and of course close to Lydford Gorge then via North Brentor and Tavistock to join what is now the Gunnislake branch line at Bere Alston to take one into Plymouth. We have thus avoided the sea entirely and gone via scenic North Dartmoor instead.

Here is a poem for Okehampton and the travel there now: On Sundays there is special train that runs on the Okehampton line in the summer. Read More...


I wrote this poem a year ago before the line at Dawlish was battered by the storms yesterday that took away the train line and some of the platform with it. I think this is the best platform in the world; where else would you wait for your train on a platform that is half in the sea and half out and on stormy days watch the waves crash over the line ahead of you and sit of dream of the sea. Read More...