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THE MOST SCENIC RAIL JOURNEYS IN THE UK, RECOMMENDED BY YOU

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redspottedhanky.com’s social community has been recommending their favourite rail journeys, and we’d like to share their contributions with you. Thanks to everyone who let us know where they love to go on a train!

If you’ve got a favourite place of your own, join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Fort William to Mallaig

Nowhere does outstanding natural beauty like the Scottish Highlands. Experience it from the seats of a legendary steam train – the Jacobite – as you skirt Ben Nevis and cross the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct. Fort William to Mallaig is often mentioned in lists of the world’s greatest railway journeys: thanks to @DiCrossley for pointing it out!

The West Highland Line

The West Highland Line topped both Russia’s Trans-Siberian Line and Peru’s Cuzco-Machu Picchu route to be voted the most scenic on earth. We can see why! As well as the Glenfinnan Viaduct (which features in the Harry Potter films), the Line takes you to iconic rail locations including Corrour Station (the most remote in the UK) and the Pass of Brander Stone Signals. Don’t miss Rannoch Moor in winter. Thank you, Ian McCarn.

Exeter to Teignmouth

First Great Western’s Riviera Line meanders from Exeter to Paignton, stopping at beautiful sleepy Teignmouth on the way. You’ll be treated to the best in Devonian countryside and coastal beauty – plus there’s all the history to soak up. Keep your eyes peeled for Exeter’s magnificent cathedral, and the Sea Wall Railway at Dawlish Warren. Thanks to Richan Booth for the suggestion!

Cumbrian Coast Route

It’s not often you associate railway lines with nature reserves: but that’s exactly what you’ll get when you travel on the spectacular Cumbrian Coast Route. This much-loved line runs from Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle, linking Solway and Morecambe Bay. It forays into the Lake District National Park, passes Hadrian’s Wall and skirts ancient stone circles. Excellent suggestion, Keith Tanner!

Stockport to Sheffield

The Hope Valley Line takes travellers from Stockport to Sheffield via some of the most dramatic country in England. You’ll pass through the heart of the Peak District National Park, stopping at Edale, Castleton and Hathersage. Edale is the gateway to the Pennine Way, and one of the most beautiful little villages in the world. Thanks to Edd Myerscough for that one.

St Erth to St Ives

Cornwall has more than its fair share of stunning rail journeys, but the trip from St Erth to St Ives, on the St Ives Bay Line, has to be one of the best. Where else in the country can you take a train so close to the beach you can hear the water lapping at the shoreline? As you travel in style to your destination, you’ll pass hordes of holidaymakers having fun on the golden sands. Thank you, Beth Carley!

 

Liskeard to Looe

Cornwall isn’t all dramatic beaches, mind you. Take the train from Liskeard to Looe, and you’ll discover the county’s best-kept secret: its miles of stunning, woody valleys. As the Looe Valley line gets closer to its fishing town terminus, the woodlands open up and the water comes into view. Watch out for curlews, egrets and grey herons fishing at the edges of the estuary. A great suggestion from Frances Sones.

Berwick-upon-Tweed to Drem

The North Berwick Line hugs the coast between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh, visiting Eyemouth, Dunbar and Drem in the process. While you’re catching inspiring views of the North Sea and the Firth of Forth, you’ll pass through some of south Scotland’s most historic rail locations. Don’t forget to check out the Elizabethan Walls and Berwick Castle before you set off. Thanks to Ismali Bayyati for the tip!

If you’re looking for more recommendations for beautiful UK destinations, you can see what the UK’s top travel bloggers think here.

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