Events & Experiences

Snowdrops and Steam

One of the finest annual sights of Exmoor is the wonderful display of spring flowers in Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross. As one of the more remote parts of the Moor, the Valley is not easily accessible by car therefore, a park-and-ride system operates

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One of the finest annual sights of Exmoor is the wonderful display of spring flowers in Snowdrop Valley, near Wheddon Cross. As one of the more remote parts of the Moor, the Valley is not easily accessible by car therefore, a park-and-ride system operates.

Your journey starts aboard the 10.15 departure from Bishops Lydeard Station, travelling by steam train to alight at Dunster Station, where a connecting road coach will meet you for your moorland journey to Wheddon Cross.

Upon arrival, you can either walk the 1 mile (takes approx. 30 minutes) or catch the Snowdrop Valley Shuttle Bus service down to the valley. The Shuttle Bus service is run by Snowdrop Valley, where an additional payment is required on the day, upon boarding.

After your visit to Snowdrop Valley, our road coach will drop at Minehead Station (not Dunster), for the return journey by steam train towards Bishops Lydeard.

Summary of timings:

  • 10.15 Departure from Bishops Lydeard by Steam Train - please arrive 30 minutes for car parking.
  • 11.40 Arrive at Dunster Station, board the Ridlers Road Coach for transfer to Wheddon Cross.
  • 12.30 Arrive at Wheddon Cross with approximately 2½ hours to enjoy Snowdrop Valley.
  • 15.00 Board the Road Coach for the return trip to Minehead Station (departs 15.10 prompt).
  • 15.45 Arrive at Minehead Station, with time to visit Shop and Cafe.
  • 16.15 Departure from Minehead Station by Steam Train for the return journey towards Bishops Lydeard.
  • 17.43 Arrive back at Bishops Lydeard Station.

This is a moorland valley which can be wet and muddy, so please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter walking to include good sturdy walking boots, or at the very least "wellies". Allow at least 1½ to 2 hours for the whole walk. Please note that the return trip is all uphill!

Dates
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
10:15 Tickets available
Prices
Ticket Price
Adult Snowdrops and Steam £24.50
Child Snowdrops and Steam £15.50