Train travel from A to Z combines the best experience: comfort, great views and the freedom to enjoy a cup or two, whether it’s a cup of steaming coffee or something stronger. Train travel is more environmentally friendly than most other long-distance transportation methods.
Sit back, relax, and admire one of the scenic train journeys in the UK.
1 Riviera Line, England
Start/finish: Exeter – Paignton
Distance: 28 miles / 46 km
Journey time: 1 hr 10m
Cost: Starting at £8.50 after off-peak hours.
Starting from the downtown area of Exeter in Devon, the Riviera Line encounters the coastal beauty that stretches along the coast and is known as the “British Riviera”. The scenery between Starcross, Aix Estuary and Teignmouth is particularly pleasant.
Here is a mixture of pebbles and sand. On sunny days, the sea is a blanket of calm and tranquility. If you want to spend a day on the beach, Torquay, the penultimate stop on the Riviera Line, is your ideal choice. Torquay is the home of murder and mystery legend Agatha Christie, with a lovely pier, quirky shops and cafes, and exciting nightlife.
2 Highland Main Line, Scotland
Start/finish: Glasgow/Edinburgh – Perth – Inverness
Distance: 118 miles / 190 km
Journey time: 1 hr 10m
Cost: From £33.10 for an off-peak return
Driving through Cairngorms National Park is one of the most scenic train trips in the whole of Scotland, and it is a boast of the country’s beauty. You can travel along this route starting from Glasgow or Edinburgh, and then first pass through Dunkeld and Pernan, where you will see the historic two-story signal block from 1919, a rare example of Highland Railway windows.
The first stop is Cairngorms National Park, which is home to the Blair Atoll, the highest mountain in the UK. From here, ascend to Dalwinny. The highest station of this straight line is 1,174 feet high.
This is where the Dalwhinnie whisky distillery is located, which uses clean spring water and sphagnum moss. Create a unique aroma. It is worth seeing Carrbridge, which is a small town, but Xixitling, known for its unusual festival schedule, which includes the annual chainsaw carving competition and the porridge festival. Riding the bridge will be a great accessory for Hobbiton movies.
3 Cumbrian Coast, England
Start/finish: Barrow-in-Furness – Carlisle
Distance: 85 miles / 137 km
Journey time: 3 hrs
Cost: From £17.80 for an Off-Peak Day Return
The Cumbrian coast runs through a picturesque lake area, known for its glacial lakes and rugged mountain landscapes. The stretch from Barrow-in-Furness to Maryport stretches along the coast and offers stunning views of the Irish Sea. Get off at St. Bee Station and start Alfred Wainwright’s famous coastal walk.
The informal coastal route passes through three national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park. However, you can only walk a short distance because the total distance is impressive, 182 miles.
4 Penistone Line, England
Start/finish: Sheffield – Huddersfield
Distance: 40 miles / 64 km
Journey time: 1hr 15m
Cost: From £11.20 for an Off-Peak Day Return
The fabulous Penistone line opened in the mid-19th century, from South Yorkshire through South Penines, from Sheffield in South Yorkshire to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. It shows the ingenuity of Victorian engineering technology and crosses four viaducts with a magnificent view of the lush hills.
If you don’t stop on Penistone (from time to time known as the highest commercial town in Pennines (702 feet)), riding on the Penistone line will be incomplete. There are some very pleasant walks in the town, as well as the old cinema Penistone Paramount, where there are live performances and organ concerts.
5 Cambrian Line, England and Wales
Start/finish: Shrewsbury and the Welsh coast
Distance: 137 miles / 221 km
Journey time: 3hrs 45m
Cost: From £44.30 for an Off-Peak Return
The Cambrian Line will take you away from Shrewsbury, the beautiful and historic city of Shropshire, across the border of Wales, and you will pass through the rugged Welsh countryside to the junction of Dove, where the two lines separate, or You can head south to the unofficial capital Aberystwyth. …Start from central Wales, or drive north along the west coast to the coastal city of Pullhely (meaning “salt pool”).
If you choose the coastline, you will travel along the Difi estuary and its swamps, sandbanks and marshes. Traveling along the coast also provides many opportunities to discover seabirds and other wildlife. You will pass several castles including Kriciet Castle. It stands high on a hill on the cape between the two beaches. You can also admire the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia National Park as far as Pulheli.
Disclaimer: this article was sponsored by Scenic Rail Britain