West Bay to Maiden Newton Trackbed Tour

£10.00

Following an unusual stay of execution, most of this line stayed open until 1975, despite efforts to close it beforehand.

Starting at the delightful remaining station building at West Bay, the first stretch of the line is cycled (on a vintage Raleigh Chopper). A short distance to the north, where roads have been built over the track bed, a roof-mounted camera is bolted to the top of a car and the journey continues past the site of Bridport East Street station to the site of Bridport (Bradpole Road) station.

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Following an unusual stay of execution, most of this line stayed open until 1975, despite efforts to close it beforehand.

Starting at the delightful remaining station building at West Bay, the first stretch of the line is cycled (on a vintage Raleigh Chopper). A short distance to the north, where roads have been built over the track bed, a roof-mounted camera is bolted to the top of a car and the journey continues past the site of Bridport East Street station to the site of Bridport (Bradpole Road) station.

Thereafter, numerous remaining clues are sought out on accessible sections of the track, which is explored on foot as far as the village of Loders. From there, the bike is adopted once again to travel as far as Powerstock Common, taking in Powerstock station along the way.

Back on foot, a further section is travelled through to the village of Toller Porcorum, showing the platform remains, before travelling east towards Tollerford. A short, overgrown and awkward to access section is omitted before regaining the track bed just outside Maiden Newton. The final stretch is walked into Maiden Newton station.

The residents of Powerstock station have owned and lived in their property since 1968, which is odd considering the line then continued to run for a further seven years ! They very kindly allowed unrestricted filming access to their property, the fruits of which you can see here.

Includes constant, well-informed commentary and reference to a vintage map.

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2014

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