Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 6823 South Somerset We’re giving Somerset back its Great Western Railway. THE RETURN OF GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY Learn how we’re Building a Greater West at Although much may have changed in terms of buying tickets online and internet access in carriages, what has hardly altered is the variety of vistas available from the comfort of your seat. In Somerset the contrasts are dramatic as you pass by market towns and meadows; through wooded valleys and willow trees. As well as travelling across the County by rail you can travel back in time as Somerset boasts several heritage railways including the longest in England – the West Somerset Railway. This 20-mile line takes you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead through charming village stations and offering magical views of the Quantock Hills, the coast and even a castle. The East Somerset Railway runs through the Mendip Hills and the Somerset and Dorset Railway is based at Midsomer Norton. Somerset is a popular destination for coaches - they have been coming west since the first services began in the 1920s between London and Bristol. Today there are a number of companies bringing visitors into the County daily as well as offering excursions to our many attractions and events. Coach travel too has come a long way since the days of horse drawn stage coaches, even though some of the wonderful coaching inns remain. Now we can sweep through the countryside in air-conditioned comfort with washrooms and refreshments onboard. A warm Somerset welcome awaits passengers and their drivers and we were delighted when one of our seaside resorts, Burnham on Sea, became the first destination in the South West to achieve ‘Coach Friendly Status’ from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK. Somerset really is easy to reach whether you fly in to Bristol Airport or travel by coach, train or bus. Once here you can access Information Centres and websites for helpful hints on finding your way around. One of Britain’s largest bus operators, First Bus, covers the County taking more than 54m passengers on its Bristol, Bath and The West Service. It also operates Park & Ride services in the County Town, Taunton.