What it Looks Like Today: Bolham Halt to Tiverton Station
Setting off from Bolham Halt,we had hoped to walk over Bolham Bridge and walk up the line towards Tiverton.Unfortunately we found this impossible to do,as the top of the bridge is blocked by a wall of brambles followed by a barbed wire fence.It also seems as though the line has been incorporated into people's gardens on the other side of the bridge,so we decided to find an alternatve route.
Whilst pondering all this,we did however discover a rail gradient sign and another concrete sign that I am unsure of.This sign was triangular with 6/111 on it.There is a similar one in Tiverton Museum,but that one has 16/111 on it,so anyone who knows,please let me know.
Anyway,we walked up the road past the houses,found our way down to the old track bed through a field,walked back towards Bolham until we reached the section incorporated into someone's garden and started our exploration from there.
By doing this we only missed out a few dozen yards of the line,but we didn't get ripped to bits by brambles or upset anyone by traipsing through their garden.
The track bed along this part is raised up from the fields below and is wooded along the sides,but it is clear of vegetation and a pleasant stroll.The really impressive parts are the high embankments,that must of been a lot of hard work to dig out.There are plenty of rail related things still there,including old fence posts,a gradient sign and the occasional fallen telegraph post.There is still in sections,alot of the old ballast still there that crunches under foot as you walk.
Click on the buttons to see what it used to look like and looks like today
The line continues along this wooded tunnel until it emerges into an open field.Here the track bed disappears and has been totally filled in by the farmer.Reaching this point,it would be understandable to think well that's that,but I always study maps before our walks and I knew that there was one more thing to see.
Between Bolham Halt and Tiverton Station,not including Bolham Bridge,there are or were six more bridges.There are only two still remaining and after a short walk across the field,you come to one of the remaining ones,that I have once again imaginatively named,Bridge 1.