Welcome to the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway! Woody Bay, 8 September 2017. The LBR was a hill railway in north Devon, opened in 1898. It was nearly 20 miles long and climbed from sea level at Barnstaple to a summit of almost 1000 feet near Woody Bay before dropping 300 feet to Lynton. The ruling gradient for most of its length was 1 in 50 (2%). Unlike most British narrow gauge lines it was planned as a passenger railway from the start, so was equpped as a full-size railway despite its gauge of 1 foot 11.5 inches. The railway ran through beautiful but empty scenery and closed as early as 1935, a victim of road competition.