Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

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Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby mercalia » 1 Sep 2019, 10:54am

I was thinking of haveing a short stay at Wells Next The Sea in Norfolk and puzzled how to get there. I did see a railway line but it seems its a "toy" one -

http://www.wwlr.co.uk/times.html

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Any one here ever been on it?

wont be able to take my bike on that? Not even Bromptons?

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Sep 2019, 11:10am

Not a 'toy railway' please, narrow-gauge or miniature railway would be better descriptions :wink:
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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby Si » 1 Sep 2019, 11:37am

I've not been on it but I've seen it. It's very nice, as is Wells itself...we stayed there with our tandem years ago.

As said it's not a 'toy' railway as such but a minimum gauge/miniature railway. These tended to be built either as tourist lines, estate railways or industrial lines....in either case they did fulfil a function to move people or good from one place to another.

As to how to get to Wells....its surrounded by lovely flat cycling country. Nice ride from the (four foot eight and a bit) railway station at Kings Lynn

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby brynpoeth » 1 Sep 2019, 11:44am

Whatabout the North Norfolk Railway?
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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby sjs » 1 Sep 2019, 1:37pm

I've been on it several times, while on camping trips with my daughters. A pleasant way to visit the strange village of Great Walsingham, if you're in Wells. But not a viable way to arrive in Wells with a bike. In fact cycling would be a much quicker way to get from Walsingham to Wells. As already said, Wells is a few hours of gentle riding from King's Lynn, and also from Norwich.

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby reohn2 » 1 Sep 2019, 1:48pm

sjs wrote:I've been on it several times, while on camping trips with my daughters. A pleasant way to visit the strange village of Great Walsingham, if you're in Wells. But not a viable way to arrive in Wells with a bike. In fact cycling would be a much quicker way to get from Walsingham to Wells. As already said, Wells is a few hours of gentle riding from King's Lynn, and also from Norwich.

I'm intrigued as to what's so strange about it?
We're in Norfolk on holiday ATM staying near Southwold but intend possibly to stay at Sandringham on the way home,so could pay it a visit.


PS,just realised Southwold is in Suffolk :oops:
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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby mercalia » 1 Sep 2019, 2:00pm

At one of the Walsinghams ( Little Walsingham but is bigger than the Greater one :lol: ) there is the Anglican shrine to "Our Lady" I think. Every easter is/was/used to be a procession taking a cross on some ones shoulder or some thing to the church there. Very strange really as Virgin Mary veneration is not normally an Anglican thing?



https://www.walsinghamanglican.org.uk/
As the web page shows some very elaborate figures not normally associated with the Anglican church?

http://www.tournorfolk.co.uk/walsingham.html

There is a Catholic shrine nearby

https://www.walsinghamvillage.org/about ... er-chapel/

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby philvantwo » 1 Sep 2019, 4:19pm

£9.50 return but dogs go free!
Our dog enjoys a ride on a train, the Severn Valley railways not far from here so we take him on that, it's a dear day out though, £22 each and when the ticket inspector came round he said dogs were £3 each!! I said 'it's no good asking him he's never got any money!!' He thought it was that funny he let him off!
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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby mercalia » 1 Sep 2019, 6:15pm

philvantwo wrote:£9.50 return but dogs go free!
Our dog enjoys a ride on a train, the Severn Valley railways not far from here so we take him on that, it's a dear day out though, £22 each and when the ticket inspector came round he said dogs were £3 each!! I said 'it's no good asking him he's never got any money!!' He thought it was that funny he let him off!
or didnt want to get bitten?

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby sjs » 1 Sep 2019, 6:22pm

reohn2 wrote:
sjs wrote:I've been on it several times, while on camping trips with my daughters. A pleasant way to visit the strange village of Great Walsingham, if you're in Wells. But not a viable way to arrive in Wells with a bike. In fact cycling would be a much quicker way to get from Walsingham to Wells. As already said, Wells is a few hours of gentle riding from King's Lynn, and also from Norwich.

I'm intrigued as to what's so strange about it?
We're in Norfolk on holiday ATM staying near Southwold but intend possibly to stay at Sandringham on the way home,so could pay it a visit.


As Mercalia mentioned I think I meant Little Walsingham, which is where the train terminates. It's strange because it's a centre of religious pilgrimage, with Anglican and Roman Catholic shrines, shops selling statues of the Virgin Mary, and so forth. Lots of priests and vicars milling around whenever I've been there. Interesting enough for a visit I would think, if you're passing nearby.

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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby reohn2 » 1 Sep 2019, 6:25pm

sjs wrote:
reohn2 wrote:
sjs wrote:I've been on it several times, while on camping trips with my daughters. A pleasant way to visit the strange village of Great Walsingham, if you're in Wells. But not a viable way to arrive in Wells with a bike. In fact cycling would be a much quicker way to get from Walsingham to Wells. As already said, Wells is a few hours of gentle riding from King's Lynn, and also from Norwich.

I'm intrigued as to what's so strange about it?
We're in Norfolk on holiday ATM staying near Southwold but intend possibly to stay at Sandringham on the way home,so could pay it a visit.


As Mercalia mentioned I think I meant Little Walsingham, which is where the train terminates. It's strange because it's a centre of religious pilgrimage, with Anglican and Roman Catholic shrines, shops selling statues of the Virgin Mary, and so forth. Lots of priests and vicars milling around whenever I've been there. Interesting enough for a visit I would think, if you're passing nearby.

If I do visit I must remember not to take any children with me :shock: :wink:

PS,I think I'll give it a miss
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Re: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Postby mjr » 3 Sep 2019, 3:31pm

Si wrote:As to how to get to Wells....its surrounded by lovely flat cycling country. Nice ride from the (four foot eight and a bit) railway station at Kings Lynn

On exiting the station front, turn left and follow the red National 1 signs initially back alongside the tracks for a 32ish mile route signed well all the way to Wells along the ridge above the coast (and above the busy coast road). Or once you get to the Black Horse at Castle Rising, don't turn left down the hill but continue straight on and follow the blue/white arrow stickers marking local route 2 to Fakenham where you can turn left onto National 1 and reach the Walsingham station after 32ish miles.

Visit the barns at Great Walsingham if you like good pies for lunch. The Norton Rooms just downhill from the Little Walsingham station are a favourite local club stop. In Wells, the beach cafe, the deli on harbourfront and the sandwich shop halfway up Staithe Street are all popular stops.

There are actually perfectly cycleable 29 mile routes to each end which cycle.travel will show (if given appropriate via North Creake for the Wells one) but they're not as picturesque as the signed routes IMO and only worth it if 3ish miles matters.

Not as flat as southwest or west from Lynn by the way. Donkey Pond Hill and Sedgeford surprise many tourists following National 1!
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