Where Are We
Blue Anchor is the second station after leaving MInehead in the Bishops Lydeard (up) direction, approximately 3¼ miles from Minehead.
By road, go to the village of Carhampton on the A39, and turn onto the B3191, and Blue Anchor is one mile down the road. To park, cross over the level crossing and park on the sea front (free parking all day!).
Postcode: TA24 6LD OS Reference: ST021434
Facilities At The Station
When services are operating normally the booking office opens about 45 minutes before the first departure of the day, selling rover tickets and single and return tickets to any station on the line. Rover tickets or tickets for special events such as galas may be purchased in advance at a discount, either by phoning 01643 704996 or online by clicking here .
Teas and Coffees are usually available in the waiting room, with a bigger range of snacks often available on gala days.
There are ladies and gents toilets on the station. The station is wheelchair accessible, via ramps, but there is no disabled toilet on the station.
Good news the trains are running again. Due to the closure of the Seaward Way crossing in Minehead the West Somerset Railway are currently running excursion services between Bishops Lydeard and Dunster with a bus transfer to Minehead (approx 10 minutes journey). These services will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Passengers are now able to join the trains all stations along the line (except Washford and Doniford Halt). There is still reduced capacity on the trains so to avoid disappointment it is best to pre-book your tickets online or by ringing 01643 704996.
Please visit the West Somerset Railway website for more information.
What To Do And See Nearby
Blue Anchor is a quiet seaside village with a long sandy beach perfect for families and children. At high tide the promenade is a popular destination for fishermen hoping for a large catch. Blue Anchor gives stunning coastal views to Minehead and Exmoor and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales and as far as Weston-super-Mare. For meals and snacks visit The Driftwood Cafe or the Smugglers Pub.
A good way to visit Blue Anchor is by walking from Minehead, about an hour-and-a-half along the beach. This walk forms part of the Steam Coast Trail and the English Coast Path. But beware of the tides as parts of the path can become flooded at high tides, and it is best to avoid the period of about an hour either side of high tide; tide times can be checked by clicking here.
When you finish your walk you can have lunch or a late breakfast at the Driftwood Cafe and catch trains back to Minehead.
A Little Bit of History
The West Somerset Railway opened between Taunton and Watchet in 1869, and it was not until 1874 that the line was extended and the Minehead Railway opened between Watchet and Minehead with intermediate stations at Washford, Blue Anchor and Dunster. The Minehead Railway was nominally a separate company but the trains were operated by the Bristol and Exeter Railway, and both companies were subsequently incorporated into the GWR. Of course, when opened the line to Minehead was built to Brunel's Broad Gauge, and converted to standard gauge in 1882.
When Blue Anchor Station opened it had only one platform, now the up (Bishops Lydeard) side and it was not until 1904 that the GWR added the passing loop, down platform and waiting room, signal box and level crossing gates.
The station was closed by British Railways in January 1971, along with the rest of the line, but on 28th March 1976 the present West Somerset Railway re-opened the section from Minehead to Blue Anchor to steam services.
Friends of Blue Anchor Station (FOBAS)
Blue Anchor station is now in the care of a another voluntary group, the Friends of Blue Anchor Station (FOBAS), who are trying to recreate the atmosphere of a typical country station of a bygone era, with its well tended flower gardens and polished brasswork. This is a long term project which is mostly being carried out by volunteers and funded by sales of souvenirs, teas and coffees and donations from visitors.
If you would be interested in either volunteering at Blue Anchor, or just being an armchair supporter, then why not join FOBAS? Membership costs just £10 per year for an individual or £15 per year for a couple - the membership form may be downloaded by clicking the button below.
If you would like to read our constitution please click on the other button below.
The drawings of Blue Anchor Station on this website are by local artist Issy McFarlane, and can be purchased at the station as A5 sketches (unframed £3 or framed £5) or as greeting cards at £1 each.
Blue Anchor Station,
Minehead, TA24 6LG.
Tel: (+44) 01643 821123
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