7 top Devon and Cornwall destinations to visit by train in 2020

6 January 2020
The short walk from St Ives railway station to Porthminster Beach


Arrive on the glorious St Ives Bay Line as the train hugs the coast, then explore the golden sandy beaches and the town (pictured top) with its cobbled streets, art galleries and top restaurants.

More: St Ives | The St Ives Bay Line

Sailing at Falmouth - image by Visit Cornwall


Explore Falmouth's harbour, beaches, art galleries, maritime heritage and more. Take a boat trip on the Fal River, or try your hand at kayaking or windsurfing.

More: Falmouth | The Maritime Line

Beach at Newquay, Cornwall


Fantastic beaches, great restaurants and top-class surfing mean that Newquay has something for everyone. The railway station will bring you right into the heart of the town.

More: Newquay | Atlantic Coast Line

Beach at Looe, Cornwall


Looe's charms include its picturesque harbour and beach, restaurants that specialise in fresh local ingredients, and its maze of narrow streets full of small independent shops. Arrive on the scenic Looe Valley Line.

More: Looe | Looe Valley Line

Plymouth Hoe, featuring the Smeaton's Tower lighthouse and the city's lido - photo licensed from Shutterstock


Wander the boutiques, restaurants and cobbled streets of the Barbican and soak up the city's proud place in world history. Take in the same views as Sir Francis Drake as he looked out from Plymouth Hoe on to the Armada.

More: Plymouth | Tamar Valley Line



Torquay's iconic palm trees, busy harbour and international marina make it a firm favourite. Enjoy relaxing walks along the promenade and pier, or explore the South West Coast Path for majestic views.

More: Torquay | Riviera Line

Sandy Bay, Exmouth - photo licensed from Shutterstock


The oldest seaside town in Devon, Exmouth is home to two miles of glorious sandy beach. Arrive by train on the Avocet Line which runs alongside the Exe Estuary offering great views. Then walk the South West Coast Path taking in the distinctive red sandstone cliffs.

More: Exmouth | Avocet Line

Map of Devon and Cornwall's rail network
Plan your trip with train times, fares and ticket booking from trainline:

This article originally appeared on the Great Scenic Railways of Devon & Cornwall website. It is reproduced with thanks.

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