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News From September 2019

Special Train from Okehampton to Weymouth

Posted in Events on Monday 9th September 2019 at 7:31am

On Saturday 14th September OkeRail Forum is running a Charter Excursion train ‘Okehampton Castle’ (formed of a 5 coach former Inter-City 125 HST) from Okehampton, Crediton and Exeter St Davids to Weymouth on Saturday 14th September.

The train will depart from Okehampton at 0815, Crediton 0850 and Exeter St Davids 0908, arriving at Weymouth at 1145. Arrival back at Exeter St Davids at 1831, Crediton at 1842 and Okehampton at 1920, giving almost 5 hours in Weymouth.

The fares are £37 return Standard class with children at half price (£18.50) and First Class fares £52.50 adult / £26.25 child.

Please note the outbound train will arrive at Dorchester West at 1125 and drop off passengers, but will not pick up on the return journey. Passengers visiting Dorchester must make their own way from Dorchester South to Weymouth to board the return train to Okehampton which leaves at 1626. There is a frequent train service on this route.

A trolley service of refreshments will be provided on the train.

First class tickets are sold out, but Standard class are still available.

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Moorlands Farm Visit

Moorlands Farm Visit

Moorlands Farm Visit

Posted in Events on Monday 2nd September 2019 at 10:01pm

It was a clear, sunny afternoon on Monday 12th August and after all the recent rain we had been experiencing we were all highly delighted to be able to enjoy superb visibility on our visit to Moorlands Farm.

Our hosts were Layland and Gill Branfield and we were even more delighted when Layland suggested that our tour was to start at the Prince Hall Farm buildings which are now sadly in quite a sorry state but still made a very useful contribution to Layland and Gill’s story on Dartmoor.

After hearing their early farming life history, we set off on to the open moor where there were a number of highlights including some spectacular moorland views of nearby Tors such as Bellever and Skir Hill.

We also saw clear evidence of remains relating to the unique First World War aerial ropeway that moved logs and timber from the Brimpts Plantation to the railway at Princetown, as well as 4,000-year-old archaeology consisting of reaves, and four hut circles.

The whole afternoon was rounded off in Layland and Gill’s beautifully positioned garden where we tucked into delicious home-made cakes and copious amounts of tea and coffee.

It had been a thoroughly enlightening and most interesting afternoon.

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