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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

The West Somerset Mineral Railway was built between 1857 and 1864 to take iron ore from the mines on the Brendon Hills to Watchet harbour, where it was loaded onto ships and transported across to South Wales for smelting at Ebbw Vale. The operation was unprofitable and the mines were closed in 1883 and the railway in 1898. For more information www.westsomersetmineralrailway.org.uk This walk starts at Pitt Mill along the unmade up track bed of the Mineral Line to the foot of the incline at Comberow returning back the same way. It has a hard gravel surface almost all the way but there are some potholes. It goes through wood and forestry alongside the Washford Brook.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, January 2016 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 1.8 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Small car park for 2 or 3 cars and room on side of road for a few more
Steps: No
Barriers: One 10 ft wide gate with hook and staple to open
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Parking area beside forestry track

CarPark Parking area beside forestry track

WSMR route marker

Information WSMR route marker

 

Information

Two Rivers Paper produce hand made watercolour paper at Pitt Mill

Information Two Rivers Paper produce hand made watercolour paper at Pitt Mill

Wide track towards Comberow which can be puddly at the beginning

Start Wide track towards Comberow which can be puddly at the beginning

Track is wide enough to avoid potholes

Surface Track is wide enough to avoid potholes

Trail crosses over Pitt Lane

Path Trail crosses over Pitt Lane

Low, 350mm, logs outside Pitt Cottage, possible perches

Seat Low, 350mm, logs outside Pitt Cottage, possible perches

Showing steep section of alternative route back (left of house)

Information Showing steep section of alternative route back (left of house)

 

Path

Potholes filled with rubble but plenty of room around

Surface Potholes filled with rubble but plenty of room around

 

Surface

Old log stack possible seat

Seat Old log stack possible seat

Keep right following the sign to Leigh Barton

Direction Keep right following the sign to Leigh Barton

Keep left, again follow the sign to Leigh Barton. The double back right turn is the start of the alternative route back

Direction Keep left, again follow the sign to Leigh Barton. The double back right turn is the start of the alternative route back

 

Gate

 

Seat

Simple catch to open gate. In wet weather the gate may need a slight lift to free the hook from the staple.

Gate Simple catch to open gate. In wet weather the gate may need a slight lift to free the hook from the staple.

Look behind tall conifer on right to find Comberow Station platform

View Look behind tall conifer on right to find Comberow Station platform

Passengers could travel from Comberow to Watchet. They could then go to London on the GWR

View Passengers could travel from Comberow to Watchet. They could then go to London on the GWR

Grassy track but with hard base. Start of long slope up

Surface Grassy track but with hard base. Start of long slope up

Track starts gradual (10-13%) climb up increasing to 21% over 75 metres

Gradient Track starts gradual (10-13%) climb up increasing to 21% over 75 metres

Top of the slope is Comberow farmyard

Path Top of the slope is Comberow farmyard

Follow track round to the left past the stables. Cross slope varies between 5 & 11%

Gradient Follow track round to the left past the stables. Cross slope varies between 5 & 11%

7% gradient down towards archway

Gradient 7% gradient down towards archway

'Seat' beside stables

Seat 'Seat' beside stables

Archway taking  the Incline over the lane.

End Archway taking the Incline over the lane.

Steps leading up to the incline.  This is as far as the trail goes.  Now it it time to turn around and begin retracing the route back.

Seat Steps leading up to the incline. This is as far as the trail goes. Now it it time to turn around and begin retracing the route back.

Mineral Line - Pitt Mill to Comberow Phototrail

 

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