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Somerset cider railway journeys launched

Date Posted: 18/12/2014

West Somerset Railway has launched a new steam train experience package that takes travellers to a cider farm.

On certain dates in May, June, July and September, steam trains will travel from Bishops Lydeard and Minehead and travel on to Williton station.

From Williton, passengers can board a coach and take a trip on a steam railway to either Torre Cider Farm or Cleeve Abbey.

Torre Cider Farm is a working farm that produces a variety of traditional Somerset ciders, as well as apple juice, chutneys, pickles and jams.

Visitors to the farm can explore the orchard, a video room that tells the history of cider making, and sample different ciders.

Cleeve Abbey, meanwhile, offers visitors a glimpse into what monastic life was like 800 years ago. Henry the Eighth tried to destroy the abbey in 1536, but the cloister buildings, refectory and heraldic tiles survived, and can still be seen today. 

The steam trains for this trip can take 22 people at a time. In addition to the pre-scheduled journeys, groups can arrange their own private days out with West Somerset Railway.

For more information on West Somerset steam train rides, group travel organisers can call 01643-700398 or visit

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