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Enjoy beautiful scenery on the UK’s best railway journeys

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A GREAT British railway journey could be considered one of life’s true pleasures.

In the event you discover costs for days out on heritage steam railways a bit of steep, cool down and absorb the scenery from the consolation of a fairly priced Nationwide Rail prepare.

Enjoy beautiful scenery on the UK's best railway journeys

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Enjoy beautiful scenery on the UK’s best railway journeys

ROB CROSSAN discovers six of the UK’s best prepare journeys which, as soon as we are able to journey once more, you possibly can hop on to immediately.

Lancaster to Windermere

START on the West Coast Essential Line route from fairly Lancaster the place you’ll get a short view of the huge expanse of Morecambe Bay earlier than passing by Carnforth station – the location for that basic scene from 1945 film Transient Encounter.

From right here, the mild climb deep into the Cumbrian fells begins.

Two curious sheeps on pasture at sunset in the Lake District

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Two curious sheeps on pasture at sundown in the Lake District

Once you get to Oxenholme, change on to the native Windermere prepare and every little thing slows down additional.

You’ll trundle by Staveley and Kendal when you’re inside the Lake District Nationwide Park, earlier than lastly arriving at Windermere station.

Right here you’re solely a mile away from the well-known lake and the well-known steamers that ply the deep blue waters 364 days a 12 months.

GO: LANCASTER TO WINDERMERE

Penzance to St Ives

START your journey at the south-western nook of the UK mainland – and what a begin.

There are superb views of the historic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount and sweeping Mount’s Bay.

There are fine views of the ancient tidal island of St Michael’s Mount

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There are superb views of the historic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount

When you’ve crossed the Cornish peninsula at Marazion, you’ll attain little St Erth station the place you’ll want to change on to the minuscule department line to St Ives.

One among the traces that simply managed to flee the cuts made by Dr Beeching in the Sixties, it provides thrilling views throughout St Ives Bay to Hayle Sands.

When you arrive at St Ives it’s solely a really quick stroll from the station to the Tate Gallery and the great Barbara Hepworth Museum.

GO: PENZANCE TO ST IVES

JOURNEY TIME: 40 minutes
ADULT RETURN: £4.80
BOOK AT: gwr.com

Holyhead to Cardiff

THE “Gerald” prepare is considered one of the British community’s most great hidden delights.

Generally known as “the political prepare”, it’s used largely as a north to south Wales service for Welsh MPs to get to the Welsh Parliament.

The route begins along the North Wales coastline, where you’ll fly past Conwy Castle

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The route begins alongside the North Wales shoreline, the place you’ll fly previous Conwy Citadel
This journey goes past the Brecon Beacons National Park on the final stretch before ending up in the Welsh capital

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This journey goes previous the Brecon Beacons Nationwide Park on the closing stretch earlier than ending up in the Welsh capital

It’s additionally considered one of the final companies to supply full breakfasts and night meals cooked from scratch.

The route begins alongside the North Wales shoreline, the place you’ll fly previous Conwy Citadel and the seashores of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay earlier than heading straight previous the Racecourse Floor of Wrexham FC, lately purchased by Hollywood’s Ryan Reynolds.

The prepare then cuts into England because it snakes down the border earlier than brushing previous the Brecon Beacons Nationwide Park on the closing stretch earlier than ending up in the Welsh capital.

GO: HOLYHEAD TO CARDIFF

JOURNEY TIME: 4.5 hours
ADULT SINGLE: £36-£80 (firstclass inc meals)
BOOK AT: tfwrail.wales

Shrewsbury to Hereford

THIS rural journey alongside the Welsh Marches line begins in historic Shrewsbury, hugging the banks of the huge River Severn.

The observe squeezes by a slim hole in the brooding Shropshire Hills earlier than slowly edging previous the slopes of Lengthy Mynd, the immense limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge and thirteenth century Stokesay Citadel.

This rural journey edges past 13th century Stokesay Castle

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This rural journey edges previous thirteenth century Stokesay Citadel

In the event you fancy a break then alight at Ludlow, considered one of the nice foodie cities.

When you’re again on the prepare, the journey follows the path of the River Lugg earlier than arriving in Hereford.

From right here it’s only a 15-minute stroll to the city centre the place you’ll discover a cider museum (that is the West Nation in spite of everything) and nice strolling in the attractive Bishop’s Meadow.

GO: SHREWSBURY TO HEREFORD

Norwich to Ely

KNOWN as the Breckland Line, that is the most interesting prepare line for immersing your self in the glories of the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside.

Following the tapering Little Ouse River, the prepare chugs by Thetford Forest, considered one of the largest pine forests in the nation, earlier than heading west straight by the eerie flatness of the Fens.

Once at Ely station you’re a ten-minute walk from its gargantuan cathedral

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As soon as at Ely station you’re a ten-minute stroll from its gargantuan cathedral

You’ll additionally cross by Shippea Hill station which, by most estimates, is the least-used passenger station in the UK – as few as 12 individuals a 12 months alight or board right here.

As soon as at Ely station you’re a ten-minute stroll from its gargantuan cathedral, constructed again in 1083.

GO: NORWICH TO ELY

JOURNEY TIME: 1 hour
ADULT SINGLE: £18.60
BOOK AT: greatanglia.co.uk

Inverness to Lochalsh

THIS distant single-track line is considered one of the most dramatic in the UK, travelling previous huge lochs and thru wild forests.

After crossing the River Ness from Inverness station, the prepare observe runs alongside the fringe of the shiny waters of Beauly Firth.

Eileen Donan Castle bathed in light looking along Lochalsh

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Eileen Donan Citadel bathed in gentle wanting alongside Lochalsh
Portree is the largest town on the Isle of Skye

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Portree is the largest city on the Isle of Skye

From right here it navigates the neck of the Black Isle earlier than operating previous the city of Dingwall.

In the event you fancy getting off for a break, the city butchers, George Cockburn and Son, is famend for making the most interesting haggis in all of Scotland.

The journey then chugs previous the huge jagged Torridon peaks and Plockton seashore, which was used as a location for Christopher Lee horror movie The Wicker Man.

Once you arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, you’re already immediately on the shore, with the Isle of Skye a taxi journey away throughout the bridge.

GO: INVERNESS TO LOCHALSH

JOURNEY TIME: 2.5 hours
ADULT SINGLE: £37.90
BOOK AT: scotrail.co.uk

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