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Okehampton To Bude Line
The Okehampton– Bude
Bude
line was a railway line built to serve Holsworthy, in Devon, and then Bude, on the Cornish coast near the Devon border in the United Kingdom. It branched from a main route at Meldon Junction, a little to the west of Okehampton, on the northern margin of Dartmoor
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South Devon
South Devon
Devon
is the southern part of Devon, England. Because Devon
Devon
has its major population centres on its two coasts, the county is divided informally into North Devon
Devon
and South Devon.[1] In a narrower sense "South Devon" is used to refer to the part of Devon
Devon
south of Exeter and Dartmoor, including Plymouth, Torbay
Torbay
and the districts of South Hams, West Devon
Devon
and Teignbridge. South Devon
Devon
is also sometimes, although incorrectly, taken to include East Devon, which includes the first seaside resort to be developed in the county, Exmouth and the more upmarket Georgian town of Sidmouth, headquarters of the East Devon
Devon
District Council
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Meldon Viaduct
Meldon Viaduct
Meldon Viaduct
carried the London and South Western Railway
London and South Western Railway
(LSWR) across the West Okement River
West Okement River
at Meldon (near Okehampton) on Dartmoor in Devon, South West England. The truss bridge, which was constructed from wrought iron and cast iron not stone or brick arches, was built under the direction of the LSWR's chief engineer, WR Galbraith. After taking three years to build, the dual-tracked bridge opened to rail traffic in 1874. Usage was limited to certain classes of locomotive because the viaduct had an axle load limit. Although regular services were withdrawn in 1968, the bridge was used for shunting by a local quarry. In the 1990s the remaining single line was removed after the viaduct was deemed to be too weak to carry rail traffic. The crossing is now used by The Granite Way, a long-distance cycle track across Dartmoor
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Plymouth
Plymouth
Plymouth
(/ˈplɪməθ/ ( listen)) is a city on the south coast of Devon, England, about 37 miles (60 km) south-west of Exeter
Exeter
and 190 miles (310 km) west-south-west of London. It lies between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west, where they join Plymouth Sound
Plymouth Sound
to form the boundary with Cornwall. Plymouth's early history extends to the Bronze Age, when a first settlement emerged at Mount Batten. This settlement continued as a trading post for the Roman Empire, until it was surpassed by the more prosperous village of Sutton founded in the ninth century, now called Plymouth
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Exeter
Exeter
Exeter
(/ˈɛksɪtər/ ( listen)) is a cathedral city in Devon, England, with a population of 129,800 (mid-2016 est.). The city is on the River Exe
River Exe
about 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Plymouth
Plymouth
and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Bristol. It is the county town of Devon, and the home of Devon
Devon
County Council. Exeter
Exeter
was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain, although there is evidence a British tribe existed in Exeter before the Roman invasion. Exeter
Exeter
became a religious centre during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and into the Tudor times: Exeter
Exeter
Cathedral, founded in the mid 11th century, became Anglican
Anglican
during the 16th-century English Reformation
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Bude Canal
The Bude
Bude
Canal
Canal
was a canal built to serve the hilly hinterland in the Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
border territory in the United Kingdom, chiefly to bring lime-bearing sand for agricultural fertiliser. The Bude
Bude
Canal system was one of the most unusual in Britain.[1] It was remarkable in using inclined planes to haul tub boats on wheels to the upper levels. There were only two conventional locks, in the short broad canal section near the sea at Bude
Bude
itself
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Dartmoor
Dartmoor
Dartmoor
is an area of moorland in southern Devon, England. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor
Dartmoor
National Park, it covers 954 km2 (368 sq mi).[1] The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 621 m (2,037 ft) above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology. Dartmoor
Dartmoor
is managed by the Dartmoor
Dartmoor
National Park Authority, whose 22 members are drawn from Devon
Devon
County Council, local district councils and Government. Parts of Dartmoor
Dartmoor
have been used as military firing ranges for over 200 years
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Okehampton
Okehampton
Okehampton
(/ˌoʊkˈhæmp.tən/ also /ˈoʊ.kæmp.tən/) is a town and civil parish in West Devon
Devon
in the English county of Devon. It is situated at the northern edge of Dartmoor, and had a population of 5,922 at the 2011 census.[1] Two electoral wards are based in the town (east and west). Their joint population at the same census is 7,500.[2][3]Contents1 History1.1 Feudal barony2 Political representation 3 Military presence 4 Education 5 Sport 6 Transport 7 Nearby settlements 8 References 9 External linksHistory[edit] Okehampton
Okehampton
was founded by the Saxons. The earliest written record of the settlement is from 980 AD as "Ocmundtune", meaning settlement by the Ockment, a river which runs through the town
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Lydford
Lydford, sometimes spelled Lidford, is a village, once an important town, in Devon, seven miles (11 km) north of Tavistock[1] on the western fringe of Dartmoor
Dartmoor
in the West Devon
Devon
district. There is an electoral ward with the same name which includes Princetown
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Holsworthy, Devon
Holsworthy is a small market town and civil parish in the local government district of Torridge, Devon, England. The county town of Exeter
Exeter
is 36.4 miles (58.6 km) to the east. The river Deer, a tributary of the river Tamar, forms the western boundary of the parish, which includes the village of Brandis Corner. According to the 2011 census the population of Holsworthy was 2,641.Contents1 History1.1 Toponymy 1.2 Manorial history2 Governance 3 Geography 4 Demography 5 Economy 6 Culture and community6.1 Culture 6.2 Community7 Religious sites7.1 Anglican church 7.2 Methodist church 7.3 Catholic church8 World War Two 9 Education 10 Sport and leisure 11 Transport 12 Notable people 13 References 14 External linksHistory[edit] Toponymy[edit] The original meaning of "Holsworthy" is probably "Heald's enclosure". Derived from the Old English personal name "Heald" or "Healda", plus "-worthig", an enclosure, farm or estate
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Dartmoor Railway
Coordinates: 50°43′55″N 3°59′46″W / 50.732°N 3.996°W / 50.732; -3.996Dartmoor Railway Okehampton
Okehampton
railway station, on the Dartmoor RailwayLocale Devon, EnglandCommercial operationsName British RailBuilt by London and South Western RailwayOriginal gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gaugePreserved operationsOwned by
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Great Torrington
Great Torrington
Great Torrington
(often abbreviated to Torrington, though the villages of Little Torrington
Little Torrington
and Black Torrington
Black Torrington
are situated in the same region) is a small market town in the north of Devon, England. Parts of it are sited on high ground with steep drops down to the River Torridge
Torridge
below, with the lower-lying parts of the town prone to occasional flooding. Torrington is in the centre of Tarka Country, a landscape captured by Henry Williamson
Henry Williamson
in his novel Tarka the Otter
Tarka the Otter
in 1927
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Meldon Quarry Railway Station
Meldon Quarry railway station is a railway station at Meldon in Devon. It has recently been renamed Meldon Viaduct railway station.[1]Contents1 History 2 Reopening 3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] The station was originally constructed circa 1920 as Meldon Quarry Halt by the London and South Western Railway. This station had no public access and merely functioned as a staff halt for quarry workers, their families and other railway staff working at Meldon Quarry. The quarry originally had no metalled road access and some quarry workers and their families lived in cottages situated near the quarry. They used the halt for access to Okehampton. The halt was not shown in the public railway timetable and local passenger services would only call by special arrangement. A workmens' service from Okehampton also operated using a passenger coach attached to one of the ballast trains
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Plymouth Railway Station
Plymouth
Plymouth
railway station serves the city of Plymouth, Devon, England. It is on the northern edge of the city centre, close to the North Cross roundabout. It Is the second busiest station in the county of Devon, and is the largest of the six surviving stations in the city, being the only one served by InterCity
InterCity
trains. It is on the route from London Paddington to Penzance, 245 miles 75 chains (395.8 km) from Paddington, and is the junction for the Tamar Valley Line
Tamar Valley Line
to Gunnislake. The station is managed by Great Western Railway
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Hartland Point
Hartland Point
Hartland Point
is a 325 ft (99 m) high rocky outcrop of land on the north-western tip of the Devon
Devon
coast in England. It is three miles (5 km) north-west of the village of Hartland. The point marks the western limit (on the English side) of the Bristol Channel with the Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
continuing to the west. This location was known to the Romans as the "promontory of Hercules".[1]Contents1 Lighthouse1.1 Characteristics2 Coastguard 3 Radar Station 4 MS Johanna 5 ReferencesLighthouse[edit] Main article: Hartland Point
Hartland Point
Lighthouse Trinity House, the lighthouse authority for England
England
and Wales, has a lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula
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Great Western Railway
The Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway
(GWR) was a British railway company that linked London
London
with the south-west and west of England, the Midlands, and most of Wales. It was founded in 1833, received its enabling Act of Parliament on 31 August 1835 and ran its first trains in 1838. It was engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who chose a broad gauge of 7 ft (2,134 mm)—later slightly widened to 7 ft 1⁄4 in (2,140 mm)—but, from 1854, a series of amalgamations saw it also operate 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard-gauge trains; the last broad-gauge services were operated in 1892
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