If you love a good train ride, you’re going to love SuperBreak’s top five picks of the most scenic railway journeys in the UK. From the rolling Yorkshire countryside to craggy Cornish coastlines and iconic film locations, this post will inspire the train enthusiast in us all to embark on a scenic rail break.
1) Settle to Carlisle, Cumbria
Easily labelled as one of the UK’s greatest train journeys, the Settle – Carlisle route is a striking rail experience for all ages. The picturesque route sweeps through the verdant hills of the Pennines with just 11 stops along the way, and most of the rural stations are unmanned due to being so remote. Known as the ‘gateway to the Three Peaks’, Settle is a beautiful place to start your idyllic and peaceful journey through the Yorkshire Dales.
Top Sights: The Ribblehead Viaduct and Dent (England’s highest mainline station).
2) Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland
With miles of glistening coastline and historic sights along the way, this rail journey has been hailed by national magazine, Country Life as the most scenic in the UK. You can sit back and relax as you soak up the majestic sea views and the charming castles as you make your way to Berwick-upon-Tweed for a romantic countryside retreat with dinner included.
Top Sights: Durham Cathedral, Millennium Bridge and Angel of the North.
3) St Erth to St Ives, Cornwall
Another British rail gem, the St Erth – St Ives train ride sweeps passengers across the craggy coastline past the beautiful blue flag beaches, dramatic cliffs and unblemished countryside of this majestic pocket of Cornwall. It’s only a short journey of around 30 minutes, but the tropical-esque waters and pristine white sandy bays provide a simply postcard-perfect way to start your relaxing St Ives break.
Top Sights: Carbis Bay and Porthminster.
4) Glasgow to Mallaig, Scotland
A breathtaking train journey through Scotland, this route is home to some of the remotest scenery in the Scottish Highlands. Replete with towering mountains, lochs and sheep-sprinkled countryside, there will be plenty of photo opportunities on this trip. Widely recognised for its numerous appearances in the Harry Potter films, the grandiose Glenfinnan Viaduct is a particular highlight of the journey.
Top Sights: Loch Lomond, Monessie Gorge and Garelochhead.
5) Porthmadog to Ffestiniog, Wales
Heading to Wales for number five on our list, the route from Porthmadog to Ffestiniog is a rural railway which provides front-row seats to the mesmerising scenery of Snowdonia National Park and traverses through impressive mountains and thick forests. There are also many stops where passengers can alight along the way, whether you’re looking for an adventurous afternoon of zip-lining or a relaxing amble around a quaint village when on your scenic Welsh break.
Top Sights: Beddgelert (Welsh village) and Caenarfon Castle.
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