You don't have to travel too far from home to have a day out by rail. Heading out for the day while staying closer to home can be a great way to increase your confidence of travelling, now lockdown restrictions have eased. Plus, it can be just the excuse you're looking for to get out of your slippers and get your walking shoes on! To help you plan your journey, many train operators have capacity checking tools or provide advice on when services may be quieter on their websites so do give them a try to help avoid the crowds.
Check out our very own scenic rail map is a great place to start. Here you can see your location and chose a scenic route that works for you nearby. So why not because you can pack a picnic (don't forget the blanket and mini sausages!) and spend the day on the train window gazing or choose a route that will let you explore somewhere new. Below we've included some scenic rail highlights from across Britain to inspire you. And remember whatever you choose to do, going by train is one of the greenest ways to travel so know that you're helping the environment and having a great day out too!
Train times are subject to change. Please check your route before you set off and allow extra travel time. We strongly suggest you travel outside of busy periods and book in advance where possible. The advice on our website is given in good faith.
Barnt Green to Droitwich
Travel through lush countryside as you journey from the quaint village of Barnt Green to historic Droitwich Spa. From Barnt Green Station platform, see if you can spot the Lickey Incline, the steepest sustained include on the UK main line. Explore the route...
Check times & book tickets: West Midlands Railway
The Bentham Line
Leeds to Morecambe via Lancaster
Travel past Pennine peaks, stunning Yorkshire Dales landscapes and the impressive Forest of Bowland Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) before reaching the picturesque shores of Morecambe along The Bentham Line. See a video of the railway's highlights and explore the route here...
Check times & book tickets: Northern
Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick
Stretching 25 miles from the busting Scottish capital of Edinburgh to the charming seaside town of North Berwick where you'll be treated to views out to the Firth of Forth and Bass Rock, home of the world's largest northern gannet colony. Explore the route...
Check times & book tickets: ScotRail
We encourage you to explore these journeys safely by adhering to the latest government advice. Before planning any journey, please check the government guidance on travelling on public transport, relevant to where you are: England, Scotland, Wales. Please research your journey in advance as timetables can change and check for disruptions before you set off.
These scenic railway routes are supported by community rail partnerships, you can find out more about each partnership on the individual line pages linked above. Community rail is a growing grassroots movement made up of community rail partnerships and groups across Britain. They engage communities and help people get the most from their railways, promoting social inclusion and sustainable travel while working alongside train operators to bring about improvements. Learn more about community rail across Britain and how you can get involved through the Community Rail Network website.
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