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Langham Hill Engine House and Bearland Wood Flue

Langham-Bearland pic

In 2008 the West Somerset Mineral Railway Project conserved the ruined Langham engine house and Bearland ventilation flue, key locations in the story of the Mineral Line.  Take a stroll along Forestry Commission trails and explore the legacy of iron mining on the Brendon Hills




Site Information

Wheelchair accessible
Pushchair accessible
Car parking
Scheduled Monument
Forestry Commission

At Chargot Woods

Scroll down for a the map key and the description of the trails.


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Chargot Woods map

Map key

  1. Car park 
  2. Bearland Wood Ventilation Flue
  3. Langham Hill Engine House
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Langham Engine House Trail

Miners' Trail 




Langham Engine House Trail

Langham Engine House Trail

Distance: ¼ mile / 0.3 km       Difficulty: Easy

Discover the dark secrets of this once busy engine house, in use for less than a decade before being dismantled and re-built at Burrow Farm just 3 km (1.8 miles) away.

Level and well surfaced, this trail is suitable for all abilities, wheelchairs and pushchairs.


Miners' Trail 

Miner's Trail

Distance: 1¼ miles / 2 km       Difficulty: Strenuous

Set off on this circular trail and appreciate the challenges the engineers faced in this undulating landscape with superb valley views. Take an optional short walk to see

the chimney stack of Bearland Flue, and learn why it was a lifeline for everyone who worked the mine.

Two steep slopes make this a more demanding walk. Mostly well surfaced, but rough in places.


You are welcome to explore the rest of the woodland at Chargot and Kennisham Hill. 

Go to Forestry Commission England



 ... is owner of Langham and Bearland  


Safety on the Mineral Line

  • Visitors are requested to use extreme caution when exploring West Somerset Mineral Railway sites.
  • Children should be kept under close supervision and should not be allowed to climb on walls or banks.
  • Take care on uneven ground.
  • Stout footwear is strongly advised.  


How to get to Chargot Woods

By bus - Check Traveline SouthWest.   Additional bus services for Exmoor


By car To Ralegh’s Cross Inn: Leave the M5 at Junction 25 (Taunton) and follow the signs to the A358 towards Minehead.  Approximately 1 mile after the sign for Bishops Lydeard, turn

left along the B3224 for 8 miles. The Inn is on the left hand side at a crossroads. 

From Ralegh’s Cross Inn to Langham Engine House: Pass Ralegh’s Cross Inn on your left, continue along the road (now the B3190) and at the junction at Beulah Chapel take the

right hand road (B3224). Continue for approximately 3.4 miles (5.6km). The Chargot Woods car park for Langham Engine House and Bearland Ventilation Flue is on your right.


On foot   Many of these sites are accessible by foot following public rights of way.  Ordnance Survey map OL9 covers Exmoor National Park, and includes the Brendon Hills and Watchet. Other maps are also available from most Tourist  Information Centres. Chargot Woods car park is OL9 GR ST 975 355.


The Mineral Line on Google maps


Visitor leaflets

Go to Langham & Bearland in pictures
Langham Hill Engine House in June 2010