A GREAT British railway journey might be one in every of life’s true pleasures.
In case you discover costs for days out on heritage steam railways a little steep, cool down and take in the scenery from the consolation of a fairly priced Nationwide Rail train.
Rob Crossan discovers six of the UK’s greatest train journeys which, as soon as we are able to journey once more, you may hop on to instantly.
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LANCASTER TO WINDERMERE
START on the West Coast Important Line route from fairly Lancaster the place you’ll get a temporary view of the huge expanse of Morecambe Bay earlier than passing by means of Carnforth station – the situation for that traditional scene from 1945 film Temporary Encounter.
From right here, the mild climb deep into the Cumbrian fells begins.
Once you get to Oxenholme, change on to the native Windermere train and every little thing slows down additional.
You’ll trundle by means of Staveley and Kendal when you’re throughout 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.
PENZANCE TO ST. IVES
START your journey on the south-western nook of the UK mainland – and what a begin.
There are positive views of the traditional tidal island of St Michael’s Mount and sweeping Mount’s Bay.
When you’ve crossed the Cornish peninsula at Marazion, you’ll attain little St Erth station the place you want to change on to the minuscule department line to St Ives.
One of many strains that simply managed to escape the cuts made by Dr Beeching within the Nineteen Sixties, it affords thrilling views throughout St Ives Bay to Hayle Sands.
When you arrive at St Ives it’s solely a very quick stroll from the station to the Tate Gallery and the great Barbara Hepworth Museum.
HOLYHEAD TO CARDIFF
THE “Gerald” train is without doubt one of the British community’s most great hidden delights.
Often known as “the political train”, it’s used principally as a north to south Wales service for Welsh MPs to get to the Welsh Parliament.
It’s additionally one of many final providers 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 Fortress and the seashores of Rhyl and Colwyn Bay earlier than heading straight previous the Racecourse Floor of Wrexham FC, just lately purchased by Hollywood’s Ryan Reynolds.
The train then cuts into England because it snakes down the border earlier than brushing previous the Brecon Beacons Nationwide Park on the ultimate stretch earlier than ending up within the Welsh capital.
SHREWSBURY TO HEREFORD
THIS rural journey alongside the Welsh Marches line begins in historic Shrewsbury, hugging the banks of the vast River Severn.
The observe squeezes by means of a slim hole within 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 Fortress.
In case you fancy a break then alight at Ludlow, one of many nice foodie cities.
When you’re again on the train, the journey follows the trail of the River Lugg earlier than arriving in Hereford.
From right here it’s simply 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 within the attractive Bishop’s Meadow.
NORWICH TO ELY
KNOWN because the Breckland Line, that is the best train line for immersing your self within the glories of the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside.
Following the tapering Little Ouse River, the train chugs by means of Thetford Forest, one of many largest pine forests within the nation, earlier than heading west straight by means of the eerie flatness of the Fens.
You’ll additionally cross by means of Shippea Hill station which, by most estimates, is the least-used passenger station within the UK – as few as 12 folks 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.
INVERNESS TO LOCHALSH
THIS distant single-track line is without doubt one of the most dramatic within the UK, travelling previous huge lochs and thru wild forests.
After crossing the River Ness from Inverness station, the train observe runs alongside the sting of the shiny waters of Beauly Firth.
From right here it navigates the neck of the Black Isle earlier than operating previous the city of Dingwall.
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In case you fancy getting off for a break, the city butchers, George Cockburn and Son, is famend for making the best 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 instantly on the shore, with the Isle of Skye a taxi journey away throughout the bridge.
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