Britain’s most scenic train journeys


Inverness to Thurso
(0845 601 5929;

The Scarborough Spa Express From York to Scarborough, West Coast Railways (; 0845 128 4681)

The West Highland Line
From Glasgow to Mallaig,
ScotRail (0845 601 5929;

The Jacobite steam train runs along the route from May to October (

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The Fellsman
A 260-mile steam-hauled journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway,
Northern Rail (0845 000 0125;

Lancaster to Carlisle
Northern Rail

Carlisle to Newcastle
Following the valleys of the South and North Tyne,
Northern Rail
Manchester Piccadilly
to Sheffield
Via the Edale and Hope Valleys,
Northern Rail

Grosmont to Goathland

Then onwards through the scenic moorland of Newtondale,
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (01751 472508;

Middlesbrough to Whitby
Esk Valley Railway (01947 601987;

Birmingham (Snow Hill, Moor Street, Tyseley) to Henley and Stratford-upon-Avon
Vintage Trains (0121-708 4960;

Scenic railway

Kidderminster to Bridgnorth

Severn Valley Railway


Derwent Valley Light Railway (01904 489966;

Rockingham to Elsecar

Runs through the South Yorkshire countryside beside the Dearne and Dove Canal,
Elsecar Heritage Railway (01226 746746;

Embsay to Bolton Abbey

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (01756 710614;

Keighley to Oxenhope

Through the Worth Valley via Oakworth, the location used in the film of The Railway Children,
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
(01535 645214;
The Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children has just reopened for a new season
on stage at the former Eurostar terminus in London Waterloo (www.

Clayton West to Shelley

Kirklees Light Railway
(; 01484 865727)

Pickering to Whitby
North Yorkshire Moors Railway


The West Somerset Railway

From Bishop’s Lydeard
to Minehead
(01643 704996;

The Bluebell Railway

Between Sheffield Park
and Kingscote (01825 720800;

The Tarka Line
From Exeter to Barnstaple,
First Great Western (0845 700 0125;

Atlantic Coast Line
From Par to Newquay,
First Great Western

Maritime Line

From Truro to Falmouth Docks, First Great Western

St Ives Bay Line
From St Erth to St Ives,
First Great Western

Looe Valley Line
From Liskeard to Looe,
First Great Western

Night Riviera Sleeper
From London to Penzance,
First Great Western

Tamar Valley Line

From Plymouth to Gunnislake,
First Great Western
Newbury to Pewsey
Following the Kennet and Avon canal,
First Great Western

The Marshlink Line
From Ashford to Hastings,
Southern Railway (0845 127 2920;

Watercress Line
From Alton to Alresford (01962 733810;


The Cambrian
From Machynlleth to Porthmadog and Pwllheli,
West Coast Railways (From 2012;; 0845 128 4681)

Caernarfon to Blaenau Ffestiniog
Through Snowdonia,
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways (01766 516000;

The Banwy Valley

Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (01938 810441;

Shrewsbury to Swansea

Through the
Welsh Marches,
Arriva Trains Wales (; 0845 606 1660)

Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol

Talyllyn Railway (01654 710472;

East Anglia

Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham
The Bittern Line, a Community Rail Partnership (

Aylsham to Wroxham

Bure Valley Railway (01263 733858;

Sheringham to Holt

North Norfolk Railway (01263 820800;


Belfast to Londonderry
Translink (028 90 66 66 30;

Best trains

London to the Cathedral cities
Line Cathedrals Express,
Steam Dreams (01483 209888;

The Royal Scotsman, Northern Belle and British Pullman

Orient-Express (0845 077 2222;