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Full Steam Ahead!
Barked by Frodo Cavalier - Founder of the Barking Bugle
Norfolk really is a great county for any
visiting train enthusiasts. There are
many opportunities for humans
wishing to travel on the steam trains,
but how dog friendly are they? My
brothers and I decided to investigate!
Our first destination was the Wells &
Walsingham Light Railway! We arrived
at the station at Wells-next-the-Sea and
sampled a few light refreshments in the
waiting room before the train arrived.
Having never visited before we were not
sure how the staff would feel about four
dogs turning up with a doggy stroller!
However, I have to say they could not
have made us more welcome. ‘Dogs –
the more the merrier!’ stated the Station
Master. Plus, an added bonus – there was
no charge for us!
After a bit of exercise it was time for
Walsingham has plenty of choice with
We had heard that Bure Valley had a
resident railway dog called Henry and
were delighted when we arrived to find
that he was in the office. Henry, who is
a Cocker Spaniel, informed us that he
was in fact in charge of operations and
the brains behind the organisation. ‘I love
Full steam ahead for family fun
LSI N G
Once we arrived in Walsingham we
walked along the old railway track to the
Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.
The walk there and back takes about 45
minutes along an easy path which is
suitable for strollers, dogs and humans!
Open every day from mid-March to October
The journey from Wells to Walsingham
took 30 minutes through the lovely
Norfolk countryside and in the distance I
saw some sheep!
two dog friendly pubs and a café in the
High Street. Walsingham is famed for its
religious shrines and is a major
pilgrimage centre. For doggies interested
in all things historical we are very
welcome to visit Walsingham Abbey.
The Abbey is also well renowned for
their snowdrop walks in February. After
a trip around the village looking at all the
lovely buildings we boarded the train
back to Wells and headed off to our
second destination - The Bure Valley
WELLS & WALSINGHAM
When the train arrived I got chatting to
the train driver. We took rather a shine to
each other and I joined him up front
where he showed me the basics of engine