Visit the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Visiting the Famous Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

If you are staying in one of our Burnham Market holiday cottages, we highly recommend visiting the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, a great day out for children, train enthusiasts and those that love the coast, great for the whole family!

Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Travelling between the beautiful coastal villages of Wells-next-the-sea and Walsingham, the Light Railway is the world’s smallest public railway which takes tourists and locals on half an hour trips between the villages.

The miniature steam trains have been transporting tourists for many years, and is a welcome tradition on this part of the coastline. Both train enthusiasts and families will enjoy sitting and taking in the views of the countryside and animals, waving at the passers by.

Visit the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

History of the Light Railway

The railway was installed by Lieutenant Commander Roy Wallace Francis who rekindled his interest in railways after leaving the navy. He began by taking miniature steam trains to fairs during the 1960s and 70s, and then in 1976 he built 10¼” gauge Wells Harbour Railway, at the request of the Norfolk County Council, to help improve the traffic issues which were being faced in the town. This railway was then later sold to help finance his next project, The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway. Officially opening on the 6th April 1982, the railway is now the longest 10¼” narrow gauge steam railway in the world.

To provide for guests and tourists, a redundant signal box was moved from Swainsthorpe to Wells Station, where the ground floor was converted to a thriving shop and tearoom. There is also a designated play area for children to enjoy either before or after their train journey.

There is a range of enclosed, open and covered carriages, all of which give you an outstanding view of the embankments along the line in a diverse mixture of wild flowers, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. The 0-6-0 side tank engine, Pilgrim, was the star of the show until 1987 before Norfolk Hero, a 2-6-0 + 0-6-2 Garratt locomotive took over. In 2011, a second Garratt locomotive, Norfolk Heroine was added to the fleet.

Stay Nearby

Burnham Market is one of Norfolk’s most beautiful villages and is a popular destination due to its close proximity to a range of activities and attractions. Our beautiful No. 4 Back Lane holiday cottage is located in the town centre of Burnham Market. There is enough comfortable room for four guests and the family dog, so everyone can enjoy this home away from home.

Book Your Next Holiday Cottage Break With Us

If you are interested in staying in one of our Burnham Market holiday cottages then please feel free to take a look at our blogs on things to do in Burnham Market and our favourite places to eat and drink. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we are happy to help and advise you of the best things to do to fill your holiday itinerary.