The Blackmore Vale Line Community Rail Partnership was launched in 2016 and is the local rail partnership covering the stations and 53km route from Tisbury to Crewkerne on the West of England Line between London Waterloo and Exeter St. David.  The rail partnership has gained the coveted accolade of accreditation status, a formal recognition by the Department of Transport demonstrating that it operates to a high standard with objectives and activities that are supported by government. 

 Together with local people, station groups, statutory and voluntary groups, and businesses the CRP promotes the area to prospective rail passengers stimulating tourism and the local economy. The CRP also works to increase community involvement in its award-winning stations and encourages residents and visitors to use the stations for a wide range of journeys.

THE ROUTE

Relax and enjoy the scenic route between Tisbury and Crewkerne as the train travels across the three counties of Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire, taking in the most picturesque countryside and connecting with the many walks including the Liberty Trail, White Hart Way, and National Cycle Routes along the way.  On approaching Crewkerne the route borders the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), before entering the lush green valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale.  Leaving the Blackmore Vale after Gillingham to run along the Vale of Wardour and the stunning countryside of the Nadder Valley. Before arriving at Tisbury, the only ‘dark sky friendly’ railway station in the UK and gateway to Cranborne Chase AONB and International Dark Sky Reservation.

Tisbury offers the delights of the many independent family-run shops and locally sourced produce. Gillingham is north Dorset’s only station and gateway to the Blackmore Vale. Templecombe is a national award-winning small station. Step back in time at the annual medieval Pageant.  Visit Sherborne and enjoy castles, cream teas, and a wide range of specialist shops. Alight at Yeovil Junction and become an engine driver for the day at Yeovil Railway Centre or take a bus service into Yeovil Town. Check your timetable for connecting train services to Yeovil Pen Mill for Weymouth and Bath, Bristol and beyond. Crewkerne station is the gateway to one of South Somerset’s most charming market towns characterised by many fine examples of renowned Georgian architecture.