Discover Tavistock - The Railways

17 July 2022, 13:00:00

Tavistock Guildhall


Discover Tavistock - The Railways


The South Devon and Tavistock Railway Company opened on 21st of June 1859. It offered a railway service from Plymouth to Tavistock and this was extended to reach Launceston in 1865. Under Dr Beeching’s savage railway cuts the line closed ‘with little more than a snowy whimper’ on 29 Dec 1962. Subsequent demolition has left but a few traceable remains of this once important rail link for Tavistock.

A second rail line connecting Tavistock to Plymouth and London was opened on 2nd of June 1890 by the Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway. Dr Beeching’s second blow for Tavistock came with the closure of this line to passengers on 5th of May 1968. Gradual demolitions of lines and stations followed but Tavistock North station survives with much of the railbed which is easy walking.

Join Stephen Fryer for a visit to both of these railway sites.

The walk will be approximately 2 hours over reasonably level terrain including remnants of the old railbed. Please wear suitable footwear and be prepared for whatever the weather forecast for the day.