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THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIPS
                        Community railways are rural and local lines which have been specially designated as routes
                        which can be put on a sustainable basis by bringing income and costs closer together, whilst
                        reflecting the wishes of local people in developing their service.

Each community railway is supported by a Community Rail Partnership. These are grassroots organisations which bring
together train operators, local authorities, community groups and local businesses to promote their local railway. They
are positive, pro-active and imaginative! They can cover specific routes like the Penistone or Yorkshire Coast Lines,
networks of routes such as Devon and Cornwall, or individual stations such as Handforth and Saunderton. In the last
decade there has been a remarkable growth in their number and in the range of activities the community rail
partnership undertake.

ACoRP (the Association of Community Rail Partnerships) is the national body representing the 60+ community rail
partnerships and rail promotion groups around the UK. Many of these are along some of Britain’s most scenic railways
and much of our work involves encouraging visitors to explore Britain’s countryside by rail.

ACoRP is recognised and supported by both the Department for Transport and Welsh Assembly Government, Network
Rail, the Association of Train Operating Companies and other corporate sponsors including train operators, local
authorities and other rail businesses who have an interest in seeing our
rural and local lines thrive.

Community Rail Partnerships have achieved a lot with very little. The average return on Community Rail projects
currently is £4.60 benefit for every £1 invested, while CR volunteers have brought a staggering £25m additional value
to the railway and the communities they serve! Through their imaginative marketing, community involvement and
persistent hard work CRPs have achieved big increases in passengers using the lines and have contributed to improved
services and station facilities. They have achieved their main aim in bringing the railway back to the heart of the
community.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about the many great railway lines in this booklet, now get on and plan that trip!

You can become an ACoRP supporter for £20 a year - contact us for details.


                                       General Manager: Neil Buxton
                                       Office Manager: Dawn Wolrich
                                       Association of Community Rail Partnerships
                                       15a New Street, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5AB
                                       Phone: 01484 847790 Fax: 01484 847877
                                       Email: info@acorp.uk.com
                                       Website: www.acorp.uk.com


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SCENIC BRITAIN by Train

Scenic Britain by Train is compiled and published by the Association of           Working with ACORP the editor is
Community Rail Partnerships. Showcased in this booklet are some of the            privileged to travel all around the
most scenic lines in the UK, many famous, some less so. Most of the lines         country by rail on a regular basis.
depicted have an associated Community Rail Partnership that encourages            All the lines in this booklet have
                                                                                  something to offer a wide range
development along its line.
                                                                                  of visitors, from the rural branch
For reasons of clarity, location                                                  lines in Devon and Cornwall and
numbers are shown in the                                                          the magnificent lines that traverse
approximate centre of the railway                                                 rural Wales and Scotland to the
line or network.                                                                  super Settle and Carlisle Railway,
                                                                                  or indeed the seaside attractions of
                                                                                  Blackpool, Hastings or Bridlington!

                                                                                  If you are not very good at
                                                                                  travelling light, base yourself near
                                                                                  one of the countless stations listed
                                                                                  in this booklet and use one of the
                                                                                  huge range of Day or Weekly ranger
                                                                                  tickets to explore the surrounding
                                                                                  areas by train. Details of some of
                                                            Cynghordy Viaduct
                                                       Photo: Katie Woodhouse     these can be found on the page
                                                                                  opposite and in section 23 - or visit
                                                                                  the National Rail website at
                                                                                  www.nationalrail.co.uk - you’ll
                                                                                  never have a better holiday!

                                                                                  We welcome feedback from your
                                                                                  travels on the scenic railways of the
                                                                                  UK. Tell us where you have been –
                                                                                  we are always looking for ways to
                                                                                  improve Scenic Britain by Train. You
                                                                                  can do this via our website at www.
                                                                                  scenicbritainbytrain.com

                                                                                  Happy travelling!
                                                                                  Brian Barnsley, ACoRP

                                                            Salisbury Cathedral   The tear-out FREEPOST response
                                                                                  form at the back of this booklet
                                                                                  will help you plan your trip. Just
                                                                                  circle the numbers of the areas you
                                                                                  wish to visit and we will forward
                                                                                  your enquiries to the organisations
                                                                                  concerned. Please mention Scenic
                                                                                  Britain by Train when contacting
                                                                                  any of the organisations that appear
                                                                                  in this booklet.

                                                                                  Requests for additional copies of
                                                                                  Scenic Britain by Train can be sent
                                                                                  to the address on the pre-paid
                                                                                  response form in the back of this
                                                                                  booklet.

                                                                                  Scenic Britain by Bus To obtain a
                                                                                  copy of ‘Scenic Britain by Bus’ go
                                                                                  to www.scenicbritainbybus.com or
                                                                                  email: scenicbritain@simonholtmar-
                                                                                  keting.com
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GREAT SCENIC RAILWAYS OF DEVON & CORNWALL
The railways of Devon & Cornwall offer some of the most scenic journeys in Britain.
                                         offers spectacular views of the River Exe estuary, English Channel coastline      trip along the East Looe River valley before arriving in the popular fishing
                                         and magnificentred cliffs. Enjoy riding right alongside the sea from the Exe      port and seaside resort of Looe. The last two miles of the journey are along
                                         estuary to Teignmouth before entering the Teign estuary and travelling            the banks of the river, one of the most scenic stretches of railway in the
                                         inland to the market town of Newton Abbot. Herethe line divides. One line         country and a delight at high or low tide. There’s usually much of interest for
                                         runs to Plymouth while the other continues to Torquay and Paignton.               birdwatchers in particular. The stations along the route are ideal for country
                                                                                                                           walks. Details of ten self guided walks from Looe Valley Line stations can
                                         Plymouth - Penzance
                                                                                                                           be found at www.trailsfromthetrack.com. A free Looe Valley Line guide is
                                         The Cornish main line is an enjoyable experience in its own right. Starting
                                                                                                                           available.
                                         at Plymouth with the splendour of Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge over the
                                         River Tamar, the route finishes with breath-taking views across the sea to St.
                                                                                                                           Tamar Valley Line
                                         Michael’s Mount near Penzance, in the magical far south west of Britain.
                                                                                                                           (Plymouth - Calstock & Gunnislake) A varied and scenic line following the         Terras bridge
                                         Looe Valley Line (Liskeard - Looe)                                                River Tamar from Plymouth in Devon, through the Tamar Valley’s Area of
                                         One of Britain’s most unusual branch lines starts from its own newly              Outstanding Natural Beauty to Gunnislake in Cornwall, crossing over the           See panel on next page for details
Looe Valley                              restored station, at right angles to the main line, in the historic market town   splendid Calstock Viaduct en route. The valley was once a busy copper             of the Dartmoor Sunday Rover. A
                                         of Liskeard. On leaving Liskeard the line curves and drops sharply to the         mining and market gardening area. Today reminders of its industrial past,         Tamar Valley Line Guide is available
From magnificent sea and river
views, to gently rolling countryside,    quiet junction at Coombe. Here the train changesdirection for the seven mile      together with a few cultivated slopes can be seen from the train.                 free of charge.
small westcountry villages to
historic market towns, see the                                                                                                                                                                               Tarka Line
Westcountry off the beaten track                                                                                                                                                                             (Exeter - Barnstaple) The Tarka Line
from the train.                                                                                                                                                                                              runs for 39 miles from South to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             North Devon connecting the historic
The diverse landscapes of both                                                                                                                                                                               city of Exeter to the ancient market
Devon & Cornwall create a                                                                                                                                                                                    town of Barnstaple. Along the way
wonderful backdrop to many rail                                                                                                                                                                              it follows the gentle river valleys of
journeys including both main and                                                                                                                                                                             the Yeo and the Taw, and travels
branch line services. A number of                                                                                                                                                                            through the sort of green and
publications including Line Guides,                                                                                                                                                                          rolling landscape for which Devon is
Rail Ale Trails and even a Trails from                                                                                                                                                                       famous. The line passes through the
the Track pack have been produced                                                                                                                                                                            heart of Mid Devon linking many
by the Devon & Cornwall Rail                                                                                                                                                                                 small towns and villages to the
Partnership to encourage leisure                                                                                                                                                                             bustling shopping and commercial
trips on the two counties’ scenic                                                                                                                                                                            centres at either end.
railways. All leaflets are available
from local staffed stations,                                                                                                                                                                                 Barnstaple station is the starting
Tourist Information Centres or from                                                                                                                                                                          point for the Tarka Trail, which
the Devon & Cornwall Rail                                                                                                                                                                                    offers miles of safe traffic-free
Partnership on 01752 233094.                                                                                                                                                                                 cycling. Cycle hire is available at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             station (Easter- October) with
St Ives Bay Line (Penzance - St.                                                                                                                                                                             discounts for rail passengers.
Erth - St. Ives) Undoubtedly the best                                                                                                                                                                        Tel: 01271 324202 or visit
way to arrive in St. Ives is by train.                                                                                                                                                                       www.tarkabikes.co.uk
Join the branch line from the main
line station at St. Erth, or use the                                                                                                                                                                         The Avocet Line (Exeter - Exmouth)
summer Park and Ride facilities at                                                                                                                                                                           Travel between Exeter and the
Lelant Saltings. Soak in the dramatic                                                                                                                                                                        popular seaside resort of Exmouth
views as the line sweeps alongside                                                                                                                                                                           along the eastern side of the River
the golden sands of Hayle Towans,                                                                                                                                                                            Exe estuary, an area of international
through Carbis Bay and on to St.                                                                                                                                                                             importance for its birdlife. Look
Ives with panoramic views of craggy                                                                                                                                                                          across and you may see a main
cliffs and the colourful harbour.                                                                                                                                                                            line train heading for Cornwall or
                                                                                                                                                                                                             London. Exmouth has a long sandy
Exeter – Newton Abbot & Paignton                                                                                                                                                                             beach and is ideal for watersports,
One of the most scenic stretches                                                                                                                                                                             or a stroll along the promenade.
of main line railway in Europe, the
line from Exeter to Newton Abbot
sweeps along the sea wall and
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GREAT SCENIC RAILWAYS OF DEVON & CORNWALL                                                                                       BRIGHTON & HOVE
Continued
                                                                                                                                Royal Pavilion Brighton
                                             Rail Ale Trails                                                                                                              The City of Brighton & Hove makes         FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                                                        FURTHER INFORMATION                                                               a perfect base for exploring a large
                                             For something a little different, why      Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brighton & Hove City Council’s Public
                                             not take one of theDevon and               University of Plymouth, Drake Circus,                                             part of the south-east of England         Transport Team T: 01273 292480
                                                                                                                                                                          by rail. Less than an hour from           email:
                                             Cornwall Rail Ale Trails. There are six    Plymouth PL4 8AA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    local.transport@brighton-hove.gov.uk
                                             in all. Each Rail Ale Trail highlights a   Tel/Fax: 01752 233094                                                             London, Brighton & Hove can also          www.traveline.info
                                                                                        Email: railpart@plymouth.ac.uk Rail                                               be reached by direct trains from as
                                             range of distinctive, real ale serving     Services:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T: 0871 200 22 33
                                             pubs ideally located within easy           www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk                                                       far afield as Ashford, Bristol and
                                             walking distance of branch line            Tourist: www.visitcornwall.com                                                    Bedford. And what better place to
                                             stations. Collect the unique stamps        Information: www.discoverdevon.com                                                base yourself for the discovery of       TOURIST INFORMATION AND
                                                                                        National Rail Enquiries                                                           the sunny south of England.              ACCOMMODATION
                                             from a number of pubs and you              T: 08457 48 49 50                                                                                                          T: 0300 300 0088
                                             could qualify for a range of Rail Ale      Website:
                                                                                                                                                                          Nestling between the South Downs         www.visitbrighton.com
                                             Trail souvenirs, including tourshirts,     www.greatscenicrailways.com
St Ives Bay Line                             stickers and enamel badges. For            www.railaletrail.com                                                              and the English Channel, the city is
                                                                                        www.trailsfromthetrack.com                                                        a vibrant mixture of Regency
further details about Rail Ale Trails, visit www.railaletrail.com or call                                                                                                                                          Wight but there are more than
01752 233094.                                                                                                                                                             architecture, contrasting shopping       enough sites of naval interest for
                                                                                                                                                                          areas and seaside fun. For some          you to enjoy a whole day in
Dartmoor Sunday Rover                                                                                                                                                     exciting days out, let’s start by        Portsmouth too. North from
On Sundays, the Dartmoor Sunday Rover ticket allows a day’s unlimited travel                                                                                              taking the East Coastway Line. The       Brighton or Hove is Haywards Heath
on 3 rail lines (Plymouth - Gunnislake Tamar Valley Line, the Tarka Line from                                                                                             first major port of call is Lewes, the   for bus connections to the Bluebell
Exeter to Barnstaple, and the Summer Sundays only Dartmoor Line to                                                                                                        delightful capital of East Sussex        Line in season, or stay on the train
Okehampton), plus a network of buses across Dartmoor with links to                                                                                                        which is dominated by a                  for a stress-free trip to London.
Plymouth, Exeter, Barnstaple and Bude. For further details visit                                                                                                          magnificent castle. Some trains
                                                                                                                                “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…”
www.greatscenicrailways.com or call 01752 233094.                                                                                                                         branch off at Lewes to follow the        Ideas for further exploration
                                                                                                                                                                          river Ouse through a gap in the          With the East and West Coastway
Rail Rovers and Rangers                                                                                                         South Downs to the sea. Alight at Newhaven to view its fascinating fort or         Lines, paralleling the South Downs
Rail Rovers are available allowing you to explore the region’s rail network                                                     even take a ferry across to Dieppe; carry on to Seaford for some wonderful         and coast between Havant and
using just one value-for-money ticket. Day Ranger tickets are available                                                         cliff top walks and views.                                                         Eastbourne, there is no shortage
allowing the freedom of Cornwall or Devon’s rail network for the day. Most                                                                                                                                         of opportunities for getting out at
branch lines also have their own day Ranger, perfect for exploring.                                                             The main line from Lewes continues to Eastbourne, relax on its flower-be-          some of the smaller stations along
                                                                                                                                decked promenade or take a bus ride up to Beachy Head; Pevensey has one            the line to enjoy a walk. Armed with
Trails from the track                                                                                                           of Britain’s oldest castles; Bexhill the famous De la Warr Pavilion and Hastings   the relevant Pathfinder map head
There are some great walks from stations on the Great Scenic Railways of Devon &                                                its picturesque old town. An hourly fast service links Brighton and Ashford,       up into the Downs or walk a section
Cornwall. Find out more at www.trailsfromthetrack.com or call 01752 233094 and                                                  via Lewes, Eastbourne, Hastings, and the ancient town of Rye. As well as its       of coast and return from another
we will send you free details.                                                                                                  Eurostar connections, Ashford is the gateway for exploring Kent by train.          station.

Photos courtesy of ImageRail                                                                                                    Now we’ll take the West Coastway Line from Brighton or Hove to the seaside         Alight at Southease between Lewes
                                                                                                                                towns of Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. Arundel               and Newhaven for direct access
                                                                                                                                (change required at Barnham) has the second largest castle in the country,         onto the Downs viathe South
                                                                                                                                dominating the surrounding area.                                                   Downs Way. Near Berwick between
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lewes and Eastbourne, you’ll find
                                                                                                                                Beyond lies the lovely cathedral city of Chichester, followed by Fishbourne        Arlington Reservoir with various
                                                                                                                                where several Roman mosaic floors are housed in buildings close to the             waymarked walks. At weekends, a
                                                                                                                                station. And then to Portsmouth. There, you can take a ferry to the Isle of        bus connects Berwick Station with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alfriston and many other parts of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the South Downs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   For a shorter trip, just right for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   summer’s evening, take the train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to Falmer (between Brighton and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lewes) for the delightful Stanmer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Park or to Hassocks, a stop or two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   up the London Line and a good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   setting off point for a walk to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jack and Jill Windmills.

                                                           Calstock Viaduct
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SUSSEX COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP
3 scenic lines just a stone’s throw from London
Uckfield Line                                                                                                                            Arun Valley
                                               Marshlink Line
                                               Acting as a useful link for travel                                                                                                                            FURTHER INFORMATION
                                               right along England’s south coast,                                                                                                                            Southern T: 0845 127 2920
                                               this line also gives access to                                                                                                                                www.southernrailway.com
                                               fascinating historic towns and                                                                                                                                Southeastern T: 0845 000 2222
                                               glorious countryside. Hastings, as                                                                                                                            www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                             PLUS BUS tickets are available
                                               well as being the archetypal seaside
                                                                                                                                                                                                             from a number of stations. It
                                               resort, abounds in history. Europe’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                              allows you to pay for your rail
                                               largest beach launched fishing                                                                                                                                and discounted local bus travel in
                                               fleet can be found                                                                                                                                            one transaction.
                                               on the pebble
beach close to the picturesque netting sheds, the old town
is well worth a visit as are the cliff lifts up to Hastings Castle                                                                                                                                          TOURIST INFORMATION
and the Country Park. Further east you’ll find the ancient                                                                                                                                                  Chichester T: 01243 775888
Cinque Port of Rye. Beyond Rye the line crosses Walland                                                                                                                                                     East Grinstead T: 01342 410121
                                                                                                                                        Uckfield Line                                                       Eastbourne T: 0871 663 0031
Marsh and Romney Marsh, an unspoilt land where dikes
                                                                                               Arun Valley                                                                                                  Rye T: 01797 229049
separate the fields and the famous Romney Marsh sheep
graze. At the end of the line is Ashford, for long a railway
and market town but now also a stop on the High
Speed Line to Paris and London.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Marshlink Line
The Uckfield and East Grinstead Lines
East Grinstead is an ancient market
town with Ashdown Forest, the Bluebell
Railway and the National Trust’s country
house, Standen, within easy reach. The
area around the church at Lingfield is a
conservation area and the village is also                                             The Sussex Community Rail
famous for its racecourse. Oxted and Hurst Green                                      Partnership looks to promote rail
nestle below the North Downs and make an excellent base                               travel and to bring the rail station   4
for walking the North Downs Way with unforgettable views of                           into the heart of the community.
the Weald. Edenbridge, with its history and walks is an interesting town
in the Eden valley – be sure to visit the wonderful Eden Valley Museum.
                                                                                      For more information see
                                                                                      www.sussexcrp.org
                                                                                                                             KENT COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP
Famous Hever Castle is an enormous collection of buildings surrounded by                                                     featuring the Weald, downland, estuary and history in abundance
both formal and informal gardens. Eridge is an excellent gateway for                  At a glance beaches to visit
exploring the quiet lanes, tracks and paths to be found in this beautiful area.       • Bognor Regis
                                                                                                                             Kent may be the ‘Garden of               riverside walks link the stations      TRAIN OPERATOR
                                                                                      • Camber Sands
At nearby Groombridge, you’ll find the preserved Spa Valley Line which runs                                                  England’, but it also has a              and several medieval stone bridges
                                                                                      • Eastbourne                                                                                                           Southeastern Railway Customer
to Royal Tunbridge Wells. Modern Crowborough is situated at 700 feet above                                                   fascinating maritime and industrial      cross the Medway.                      Services T: 0845 000 2222
                                                                                      • Hastings
sea level whilst much older Uckfield has an early 16th century Bridge                                                        history. All these are accessible from                                          www.southeasternrailway.co.uk
                                                                                      At a glance historic towns
Cottage, amongst its many                                                             • Chichester                           Kent’s railways. The Medway Valley       Swalerail joins the mainland to the
attractions.                                                                          • East Grinstead                       Line closely follows the river and       Isle of Sheppey and its maritime
                                                                                      • Horsham                              south of Maidstone the line passes       heritage at Queenborough
Arun Valley Line                                                                      • Rye                                  through orchards and water               & Sheerness.
The line starts at Gatwick International Airport where you can take off to            A selection of places to visit         meadows with oast houses and             The Saxon Shore
over 200 destinations, and goes onto Three Bridges. The train soon reaches            • Fishbourne Roman Palace              pretty villages nearby. Attractive       Way can be
Horsham, a bustling market town with a museum, markets and shops and                  • Hever Castle                                                                  accessed at
restaurants. Through the beautiful Sussex Weald, stopping trains call at              • Standen                                                                       Sittingbourne
the little towns of Billingshurst; Pulborough, from where you can walk to             • Weald & Downland Museum                                                       and Swale.
Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve; and Amberley for the fascinating open-air             Places of natural beauty
Working Museum dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east. The            • Amberley Brooks Wetlands
                                                                                      • Ashdown Forest
railway now follows the river Arun through a gap in the South Downs to
                                                                                      • Pevensey Bay
picturesque Arundel where you can visit the castle, cathedral and wetlands
                                                                                      • South Downs National Park
centre. The train goes on to the seaside towns of Bognor Regis and
 Littlehampton, or onto the historic city of Chichester.                                                                                                                                                     FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ian Paterson, Kent CRP Officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Email:
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ian paterson@ruralkent.org.uk
                                                                                                                             Kingswear Castle at Rochester Pier                                              www.ruralkent.org.uk
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THE BITTERN LINE - www.bitternline.com
Main beach at Great Yarmouth                                                                                               The hidden Norfolk Broads at Wroxham
                                         Welcome to the Wherry Line…                                                                                                 Welcome to the Bittern Line…
                                                                                 FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                           FURTHER INFORMATION
                                         Named after the sailing vessels         www.wherrylines.org.uk                                                              Named after one of East Anglia’s          www.bitternline.com
                                         which once plied their trade along      www.nationalexpress.com                                                             most famous resident birds, the           E mail info@bitternline.com
                                         the broads and rivers of the region,    www.acorp.uk.com                                                                    Bittern Line extends 30 miles,            www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com
                                         the Wherry Lines link the               National Express East Anglia provides                                               connecting the fine city of Norwich       www.broadland.gov.uk
                                                                                 train services for the East of England.                                                                                       www.griffon.org.uk
                                         handsome and historic city of           National Rail Enquiries for all times                                               with the quaint, old north Norfolk        www.visitnorwich.co.uk
                                         Norwich with the lively, welcoming      and fares T: 08457 484950                                                           coastal towns of Cromer and               If you are on the move try out mobile
                                         seaside resorts of Lowestoft                                                                                                Sheringham. Along the way, the            phone website at www.bitternline.
                                         and GreatYarmouth. Taking you                                                                                               line passes through the beautiful         mobi
                                         alongside the pretty River Yare and    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES                                                          scenery of the Norfolk Broads and         Steam Railways
                                         through the picturesque Norfolk        Great Yarmouth T: 01493 842195                                                       the stunning coastal countryside          Bure Valley Railway T: 01263 733858
                                         Broads region, the Wherry Lines        Lowestoft T: 01502 536300                                                            between Cromer and Sheringham,            North Norfolk Railway T: 01263 820808
                                         provide memorable scenic rail          Norwich T: 01603 213999                                                              designated an Area of Outstanding         www.bvrw.co.uk
                                                                                For information on buses in Norfolk                                                                                            www.nnr.co.uk
                                         journeys with a wealth of                                                                                                   Beauty. At Wroxham, gateway to
                                                                                and Suffolk please telephone
                                         wonderful sightseeing along the                                                                                             the Broads, you can join the narrow       Coasthopper bus service
                                                                                Traveline T: 0871 200 22 33
                                         way.                                                                                                                        gauge Bure Valley Steam Railway.          www.coasthopper.co.uk
                                                                                www.visitnorfolk.co.uk                                                                                                         T: 01553 776980
                                                                                                                                                                     Why not stop off in Worstead, a
                                         At the pretty riverside village of                                                                                          thriving centre of weaving in
                                         Brundall, the line divides. The                                                                                             medieval times?                          TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
                                         southern Wherry line travels right                                                                                                                                   Norwich T: 01603 213999
                                         through the heart of the Broads,                                                                                             Or how about exploring the              Cromer T: 0871 200 3071
                                         dividing again at the delightful                                                                                             charming market town of North           Sheringham T: 0871 200 3071
                                         village of Reedham, with its quaint                                                                                          Walsham? In the regency town of
Sunrise at Brundall                                                                                                        River Bure bridge on the Bittern Line                                              Special features and ticketing
                                         old chain-ferry, to offer a choice                                                                                           Cromer you can walk along the
of final destinations. Head to Great Yarmouth, where you can stop off for a                                                famous pier or discover the rich history of the town’s magnificent medieval        A Bittern Line Ranger ticket is great
leisurely ramble at Berney Arms on the ancient Weavers Way, a peaceful spot                                                                                                                                   value for day trips out. At just £7.40
                                                                                                                           church. Next stop is the pretty village of West Runton, before the train arrives
                                                                                        Great Yarmouth Market                                                                                                 adult and £3.70 child the Ranger
surrounded by lovely, unspoilt landscapes and next to an RSPB nature reserve,                                              in the charming seaside resort of Sheringham, well known for its excellent         offers you the freedom of the North
or Lowestoft on the beautiful ‘Sunrise Coast’ via Somerleyton, the home of                                                 sandy ‘Blue Flag’ beaches.                                                         Norfolk Coast and amazing Area of
the magnificent Somerleyton Hall and Gardens. The northern route runs                                                                                                                                         Outstanding Natural Beauty from
through the pretty village of Lingwood, a hit with ramblers and the boating                                                A journey on the Bittern Line offers a world of possibilities - from               Cromer right along to Hunstanton.
beauty spot Acle, directly to Great Yarmouth.                                                                              exhilarating country walks to a night at the theatre or a drink in a friendly      Take the train to Sheringham and
                                                                                                                           pub, taking advantage of our new late night trains. There’s no better way to       join the frequent Coasthopper
Special Features and and ticketing                                                                                         explore this captivating corner of England.                                        bus service which leaves across the
Wherry Lines Ranger at £7.40 per adult, £3.70 per child and £4.90 senior.                                                                                                                                     road from the Bittern Line station
                                                                                                                                                                                                              and goes to Hunstanton via all the
Cheap Day Return Tickets are also available from all stations on the Wherry                                                At Sheringham you may continue by train to Holt on the private steam North         beauty spots along this remote
Lines to/from Norwich. Both the above tickets are valid for travel after 0845                                                                                   NorfolkRailway or take the scenic             and scenic coastline. Your Ranger
                                                                                Merrivale Model Village Great Yarmouth                                          route along the coast by the Coast            ticket is valid on any train after
Monday to Friday and at any time during the weekend and bank holidays.                                                                                          Hopper bus service. For details on            08.20 Mondays to Fridays at any
Discounts to many tourist attractions along the route are available when you                                                                                    inclusive tickets to Aylsham on the           time on bank holidays, Saturdays
show your Wherry Lines rail ticket – look out for our logo.                                                                                                     Bure Valley and to Holt on the North          and Sundays. It is also valid on the
                                                                                                                                                                NorfolkSteam Railways, please con-            Coasthopper bus between
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sheringham and Hunstanton; you
                                                                                                                                                                tact National Rail Enquiries on 08457
                                                                                                                                                                                                              can get off and on the Bittern Line
                                                                                                                                                                48 49 50, the Bure Valley Railway on          and the Coasthopper all day. Many
                                                                                                                                                                01263 733814 or the North Norfolk             local attractions, cafes and pubs
                                                                                                                                                                Railway on 01263 822045, view                 along the route offer discounts
                                                                                                                                                                details at www.bvrw.co.uk and                 when you show your Bittern Line
                                                                                                                                                                www.nnrail.co.uk                              Ranger ticket, so to find out more
                                                                                Great Yarmouth South Denes beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                              about this great family day out
                                                                                                                                                                                                              please visit www.bitternline.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bittern Line –The Line for all
                                                                                                                                                                                                              seasons a ride for all reasons

                                                                                                                                                                                                              For train times and other great
                                                                                                                                                                                                              value local fares please contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                              National Rail Enquiries on
                                                                                                                                                                                                              08457 484050 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.nationalrail.co.uk

                                                                                Berney Arms station in the twilight
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MARSTON VALE LINE (Bedford to Bletchley)                                                                                                 THE NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE LINE
COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP                                                                                                               … more than just a local rail service
                                               The Marston Vale Line between                                                                                                       The North Staffordshire Line links
                                               Bedford and Bletchley offers an                     FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                      FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                                                                                                                                                   you to a variety of attractions on       North Staffordshire Community Rail
                                               opportunity to view some wonder-                    Marston Vale Community Partnership.
                                                                                                                                                                                   route and, via the three main            Partnership, c/o Stoke-on-Trent City
                                               ful countryside at your leisure and                                                                                                 stations of Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent        Council, Passenger Transport, Floor 3,
                                               there is plenty of history along the                                                                                                                                         Civic Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1RF.
                                                                                                                                                                                   and Derby, opens the door to many
                                               way. Travelling along the line you                 TOURIST INFORMATION                                                                                                       Project Officer: Faye Lambert
                                               will see where John Bunyan gazed                   Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale                                                    UK major cities and holiday              T: 01782 232 272
                                               down on the men, women and                         Community Rail Partnership,                                                      destinations, at home and abroad.        Email: faye.lambert@stoke.gov.uk
                                               children in the brickfields which                  Bedfordshire Rural Communities
                                               inspired a number of his works.                    Charity, The Old School, Cardington,                                            Along the route you’re just a short
                                               Walk between stations and grab a                                                                                                                                            TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
                                                                                                  Bedford MK44 3SX                                                                walk or bus ride from historic
A busy day at the Forest Centre. (Forest of    pub lunch before returning to the                                                                                                                                           Crewe T: 01270 610 983
Marston Vale)                                                                                     T: 01234 832645                                                                 haunts such as Little Moreton Hall,
                                               train to take in the rest the varied                                                      Trentham Gardens                                                                  Stoke-on-Trent T: 01782 236 000
                                                                                                  Email: stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk                                                  an iconic Tudor house. Stop at
                                               line has to offer.                                                                                                                                                          Derby T: 01332 255 802
                                                                                                  www.marstonvalecommunity rail.                                                  Blythe Bridge for a stroll to Foxfield
                                                                                                  org.uk                                 Railway, and travel by steam train through the striking Staffordshire
                                               The line is one of only two in the                                                                                                                                          TRAIN OPERATORS
                                               country to be designated as a                                                             Moorlands scenery.                                                                East Midlands Trains
                                                                                                  TRAIN OPERATOR
                                               Hidden Britain Centre, the aim of                                                                                                                                           Ticket Sales T: 08457 125 678
                                                                                                  London Midland T: 0845 602 4277
                                               which is to guide the visitor to                                                          Alight at Longton and visit Gladstone Pottery Museum for a trip back in time      eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/northstaffs
                                                                                                  www.londonmidland.com
                                               Britain’s many beautiful and                                                              to the days when coal burning ovens made the world’s finest china.
                                               extraordinary, undiscovered places.
                                               ‘The journey begins in Bedford, a                  of Milton Keynes where there is a      Uttoxeter is home to Uttoxeter Racecourse, adjacent to the station, where
                                               thriving market town with fantastic                wealth of shops and attractions,       race meets are held throughout the year. Plus the famous Alton Towers
Train Crossing Grand Union Canal at Fenny      markets most days of the week and                  including some impressive urban        theme park is just a short bus ride away.
Stratford. (Milton Keynes Council)             a wide range of shops.                             park lands, interesting architecture
                                                                                                  and sculptures all easily accessed     From Tutbury & Hatton visit Tutbury’s Georgian Crystal workshop to see
There are many ways to discover Bedford’s rich thousand year history                              by one of the best network of cycle
                                                                                                                                         glass-making at its finest. Or experience the atmospheric 11th century
including a self-guided trail taking in the Castle Mound and the beautiful                        routes in the country.
                                                                                                                                         Tutbury Castle, a treat for history-lovers.
Embankment area of the River Great Ouse, one of the finest riverside settings                                                                                                                                               Uttoxeter Racecourse
in England. There is also the Bedford Room at the award winning Tourist                           The Line has an exciting programme
information Centre, and the Bedford Museum, Bedford Gallery and John                              of events throughout the year,         In Derby enjoy some retail therapy at the Westfield Derby Centre or pop into      From Stoke-on-Trent, you can travel
Bunyan Museum in the Cultural Quarter.                                                            contact us for more details. At both   the exclusive shops along the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter.           direct to Birmingham, Manchester
                                                                                                  Bedford and Bletchley you can also     Combine it with a visit to one of Derby’s prime tourist attractions, like the     and London Euston, as well as the
Millbrook is the ideal place to explore the spectacular Millennium County                         connect with trains linking to         Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre or the Silk Mill museum.                         South West. Derby station is your
Park at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale. It’s a pleasant walk or cycle                    London and the North. Come and                                                                                           connecting point to Nottingham,
ride on surfaced paths to the Forest Centre with its superb shop and                              visit the Marston Vale Line for a      It’s also easy to travel further afield using the North Staffordshire Line.       the Peak District, Skegness and
restaurant. Cycles can be hired from here to explore the Forest or the nearby                     superb rail visit.                     Crewe is your gateway for frequent connections to Chester and North Wales.        London St Pancras International,
Route 51 of the National Cycle Network.                                                                                                  There’s also a direct service to Manchester Airport or to Liverpool South         gateway to Europe via Eurostar. It
                                                                                                  ‘A day out is great value              Parkway for John Lennon Airport.                                                  also affords easy access via frequent
Hop off at any station between Stewartby and Fenny Stratford for an                               for families and groups                                                                                                  shuttle bus to East Midlands Airport.
enjoyable walk to the next station or beyond! Walks can be combined with                          with the GroupSave
the Greensand Ridge Walk, Bedfordshire’s premier long distance route.                             ticket through which
Contact the Community Rail Partnership for a copy of the free railway walks                       up to 4 adults travel                                                                                                    Plusbus is a combined rail and bus
booklet.                                                                                          for the price of 2 and                                                                                                   ticket, available for Crewe, Blythe
                                                                                                  up to 4 children for                                                                                                     Bridge, Derby, Kidsgrove, Longport,
Woburn Sands is an attractive town with two large garden centres a short                          just £1 each’.                                                                                                           Longton and Stoke-on-Trent
walk from the station. There are regular bus services from the station to                                                                                                                     Potting about at Gladstone   stations, giving you ease of travel
Woburn, a magnificent Georgian village packed with antique shops, cafés                                                                  Joining the train at                                                              using public transport. Plusbus
and restaurants. There is also a Heritage Centre in the former church of St.                                                             Blythe Bridge                                                                     tickets can be purchased on board
Mary’s and Woburn Abbey a little further afield. The Grand Union canal                                                                                                                                                     the Crewe-Derby service, from
passes through Fenny Stratford, also the                                                                                                                                                                                   participating staffed stations and
home to MK Dons FC.                                                                                                                                                                                                        online via eastmidlandstrains.co.uk


Bletchley, at the other end of the Marston
Vale Line, is a real enigma, but with Bletchley
Park on the doorstep of the station you will
easily break the code! Also in Bletchley there are
a variety of shops and nature areas. Change trains
at Bletchley for the short journey to the new city

Special Offer for Marston Vale Passengers
Marston Vale rail passengers recieve 20% off the admission fee on production of a valid ticket!
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THE DERWENT VALLEY LINE                                                                                                        THE BUXTON LINE

                                          The Derwent Valley Line between                                                                                               The Buxton Line wends its way
                                                                                  FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                             FURTHER INFORMATION
                                          Derby and Matlock passes through                                                                                              from Manchester through                   High Peak and Hope Valley
                                                                                  Derwent Valley Line Community Rail
                                          an historic and picturesque                                                                                                   dramatic Peak District countryside        Community Rail Partnership,
                                                                                  Partnership Environmental Services,
                                          landscape providing great               Derbyshire County Council,                                                            to Buxton,serving a number of             c/o Environmental Services,
                                          opportunities to enjoy scenic walks     County Hall, Matlock DE4 3AG.                                                         attractive Derbyshire towns en            Derbyshire County Council, County
                                          or days out at numerous visitor         T: 01629 538681                                                                                                                 Hall, Matlock DE4 3AG.
                                                                                                                                                                        route.
                                          attractions. Your guide to the          Email:                                                                                                                          T: 01629 538093
                                          Derwent Valley Line includes            alastair.morley@derbyshire.gov.uk                                                                                               24 hour Events Line 0161 244 1880
                                          discount entry vouchers for train                                                                                             Things to see and do along the way        Email: mike.rose@derbyshire.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                                        The Buxton Line is surrounded by          Website: www.hvhptp.org.uk
                                          passengers to many tourist
                                          attractions along the line.            TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES                                                            fantastic walking country, with
                                                                                 www.visitpeakdistrict.com                                                              Lyme Park and the Goyt Valley just
                                        Many train services from                                                                                                                                                 TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
                                                                                 Matlock Tourist Information                                                            two of the popular areas that are        www.visitpeakdistrict.com
                                        throughout the country provide                                                                                                  within easy reach on foot or by
                                                                                 T: 01629 583388                                                                                                                 Buxton Tourist Information Centre.
good connections with the hourly train service between Nottingham, Derby
                                                                                 Email: matlockinfo@derbyshiredales.                                                    bus. The tranquil Peak Forest Canal,     T: 01298 25106
and Matlock. Typical travel time from London to Matlock via Derby is just
two and a half hours.                                                            gov.uk                                                                                 which runs parallel to the line          New Mills Heritage & Information
                                                                                 Derby Tourist Information                                                              between Whaley Bridge and New            Centre. T: 01633 746904
Things to see and do along the way                                               T: 01332 255802                                                                        Mills, is another perfect place to
Discover along the line, the birthplace of the factory system, where in the      Email: tourism@derby.gov.uk                                                            take a gentle stroll, or simply watch    TRAIN OPERATORS
18th century, water power was first successfully harnessed for textile                                                                                                  the colourful boats go by.               National Rail Enquiries.
production. At Belper take a tour of Strutt’s historic North Mill or relax in    TRAIN OPERATORS                                                                                                                 T: 08457 48 49 50
the tranquil river gardens. Arkwright’s Cromford Mill was the world’s first      East Midlands Trains Ticket Sales
                                                                                                                                                                          The pleasant town of Whaley
successful water powered cotton spinning mill and situated nearby is Masson      T: 08457 125 678
                                                                                                                                                                          Bridge is known as the ‘Gateway to     Special features and ticketing
Mill Working Textile Museum and Shopping Village. The Derwent Valley             eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/
Mills, between Derby and Matlock Bath, have been designated as a World           derwentvalleyline                                                                        the Goyt Valley’, and is fast          Two Wayfarer tickets offer great
Heritage Site. Find out more at derwentvalleymills.org                                                                                                                    becoming recognised for its ‘Whaley    value travel in Derbyshire.
                                                                                                                               Water Weekend’, a festival of events centred on the canal basin. Chapel-          Derbyshire Wayfarer is valid on
Matlock Bath or ‘Little Switzerland’ set in an impressive gorge, is a popular    Wonderful Walking                             en-le-Frith is a picturesque market town boasting many historical features.       all bus and rail services within
destination with many tourism attractions to enjoy. Travel by cable car above    The Derwent Valley offers numerous            Visitors can follow the Old Town Trail, or sample one of the walks featured in    Derbyshire, and offers discounts at a
the Derwent Valley to explore the caverns at the Heights of                      walks for you to enjoy. Travelling by train
                                                                                                                               the town’s award-winning Parish Paths Guide. Britain’s highest market town,       host of top attractions. Manchester
Abraham or experience life as a Lead Miner at The Peak Mining Museum.            enables you to do a linear walk by taking
                                                                                                                               Buxton, retains many splendid buildings from its heyday as a fashionable          Wayfarer is valid on all public
Young children can enjoy over 35 rides at Gulliver’s Kingdom.                    the train and walking back. Popular walks
                                                                                 include the Cromford Canal between            18th Century health resort, including The Crescent, the Pump Room and the         transport in Greater Manchester,
Matlock, in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, boasts the        Ambergate,                                    Pavilion, with its recently renovated gardens. The ornate Opera House plays       on directtrains from Manchester to
splendid Hall Leys Park, with fine views of Riber Castle. Peak Rail’s heritage   Whatstandwell and Cromford, High Tor          host to a range of cultural events, including the Buxton International Festival   the Peak District, and on most Peak
railway with steam trains to Rowsley is just a short walk from Matlock           between Matlock Bath and                      of Music and Arts and the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.                          District bus services.
station.                                                                         Matlock and The Chevin above Belper.
                                                                                 From all the stations along the line you                                                                                        For details of either ticket, contact
The scenic Peak District with its lovely villages, picturesque landscape and     can join the 55 mile Derwent Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Traveline on 0870 200 2233 or visit
grand stately homes including Chatsworth’s magnificent house and gardens         Heritage Way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses
are only a short bus ride away. Local bus services also
provide a link to Crich Tramway Village for a unique
trip down memory lane on the country’s largest                                                                                                                                                                   Special events on the Line
collection of vintage trams. Derbyshire Wayfarer is a                                                                                                                                                            Station-to-station guided walks
Day Rover Ticket valid on buses and trains                                                                                                                                                                       help you explore the area in good
throughout the county. Tickets are available from                                                                                                                                                                company, with no need to worry
Tourist Information Centres and staffed rail stations                                                                                                                                                            about a map and compass. Details
or phone 01629 536738 to order tickets with a credit                                                                                                                                                             of guided walks from
card. For bus times call 0871 200 22 33 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 www.transpeakwalks.co.uk
www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses
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THE HOPE VALLEY LINE                                                                                                        THE MID CHESHIRE LINE
                                                                                                                            Mid Cheshire Train at Delamere Station
                                                                                                                            in the heart of the forest
                                          The Hope Valley Line takes you                                                                                              Travel between the two historic and
                                                                                   FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                          MID CHESHIRE COMMUNITY
                                          through the heart of the Peak            High Peak and Hope Valley                                                          very different cities of Chester and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                RAIL PARTNERSHIP AND RAIL
                                          District National Park, and some of      Community Rail Partnership,                                                        Manchester on the Mid Cheshire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                USER ASSOCIATION
                                          England’s most scenic landscapes,        c/o Environmental Services, Derbyshire                                             Line and enjoy scenic central
                                                                                   County Council, County Hall, Matlock                                                                                         For more information on Mid
                                          offering the chance to escape the                                                                                           Cheshire. Let the train take the          Cheshire Stations, local
                                                                                   DE4 3AG 01629 538093
                                          bustle of everyday life and relax in     24 hour Events Line 0161 244 1880                                                  strain and watch the Cheshire             attractions, music trains,walks
                                          beautiful surroundings.                  Email: mike.rose@derbyshire.gov.uk                                                 landscape go by – gently rolling          along the line and the work of
                                                                                   Website: www.hvhptp.org.uk                                                         green fields, lush farmland, pretty       the Community Rail Partnership
                                        Things to see and do along the way                                                                                            country churches and traditional          go to
                                        Any station on the line makes a                                                                                               Cheshire Lines stations.                  www.midcheshirerail.org.uk
                                        great starting point for walks,           TOURIST INFORMATION                                                                                                           The Community Rail Officer can
                                        whether you prefer gentle riverside       www.visitpeakdistrict.com                 Particularly pretty in Spring, the Line has plenty to see at any time of year,      be contacted on 01244 976788
                                                                                  Edale Information Centre.                 look out for pheasants, rabbits, kestrels, wood pigeons and other birds as          or by email at: railofficer@
                                        rambles or challenging treks across
                                                                                  T: 01433 670207                           well as lambs, horses and dairy cattle. There is plenty of colour along the Line    midcheshirerail.org.uk
                                        open moorland. There are a host
                                                                                  New Mills Heritage & Information          depending on the season – daffodils, blue bells, cherry blossom, forget-me-         MCRUA is the Mid Cheshire
                                        of attractions for all the family to
                                                                                  Centre. T: 01663 746904                   nots and rhododendrons as well as trees of every kind.                              Rail User Association - an active
                                        enjoy. Highlights include the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                group of people passionate
                                        attractive village of Hathersage,         TRAIN OPERATORS                           The Line is the gateway to Mid Cheshire and the perfect way to get out into         about rail travel in Cheshire -
                                        which helped to inspire Charlotte         National Rail Enquiries                   the heart of the County. Alight at the forest station in Delamere and enjoy         email: enquiries@mcrua.org.uk
                                        Bronte’s classic novel ‘Jane Eyre’,       T: 08457 48 49 50                                                                                                             for more details.
                                                                                                                            miles of walks, excellent views and wildlife at the meres. Northwich is the
                                        and boasts an open-air swimming
                                                                                                                            salt capital – find out more about the precious white and pink mineral that
                                        pool. The sweeping vale of Edale is
                                                                                  Special events on the Line                makes Winter walking easier or experience canal heritage at the Anderton           TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
                                        celebrated as the start of the                                                      Boat Lift.
                                        250-mile Pennine Way, and also            Folk Trains take you on a musical                                                                                            Chester Tourist Information Centre.
                                        offers many glorious day walks. In        journey from Sheffield or                                                                                                    T: 01244 402 111
                                                                                  Manchester to a country pub in            Stop at Knutsford and follow in Elizabeth Gaskell’s footsteps around her           Northwich Information Centre.
New Mills you can experience the award-winning Torrs Millennium Walkway,                                                    home town and identify the Cranford landmarks. Marvel at the Italianate
                                                                                  Edale or Hathersage, entertained                                                                                             T: 01606 353 534
a unique viewing platform over the River Goyt.                                                                              architecture that evokes thoughts of another continent and lifestyle or shop
                                                                                  by local folk musicians on the way.                                                                                          Knutsford Tourist Information Centre.
                                                                                                                            in the individual boutiques and dine in one of Knutsford’s many fine eateries.     T: 01565 632 611or 01565 632 210
Attractions just a short bus ride from the line include Castleton, which boasts   Details of folk trains from www.
                                                                                                                            For those who fancy a stroll, walk through Tatton estate to the historic           Altrincham Tourist Information Centre.
four of the Peak District’s famous showcaves and the imposing Peveril Castle.     hvhptp.org.uk Station-to-station          Mansion House and gardens, enjoy tea and cake in the tea rooms. Explore            T: 0161 912 5931 or 0161 912 5932
The Upper Derwent Valley is home to peaceful reservoirs, forest-clad hillsides    guided walks help you explore the         Goose Green in Altrincham and browse in the ancient Charter Market that            Stockport Tourist Information Centre.
and acres of brooding moorland, and you can hire bicycles here. The village       area in good company, with no             dates back to 1290 or practice skating at the ice rink. Head further up the        T: 0161 474 4444
of Eyam is renowned for the courage of its inhabitants during the Great           need to worry about a                     Line to Stockport and step back in time by exploring the eclectic Staircase        Manchester Visitor Centre.
Plague.                                                                           map and compass. Details of guided        House or experience life during the war at the Air Raid Shelters.                  T: 0871 222 8223
                                                                                  walks from
Special features and ticketing                                                    www.transpeakwalks.co.uk                  At each end of the line experience city life – culture, good food, shopping        WEBSITES
                                                                                                                            and vibrant nightlife. Learn about Roman history in Chester and the                www.northernrail.org
For details of Wayfarer tickets, see the Buxton Line. Special Sunday and Bank
                                                                                                                            Industrial Revolution in Manchester and see their legacies that attract            www.nationalrail.co.uk
Holiday bus service 260 links Edale Station with Castleton and is free to rail
                                                                                                                            millions of visitors each year to these fine Northern cities.                      www.midcheshirerail.org.uk
passengers. Return rail tickets from Sheffield to HVL stations (Hathersage to
Hope inclusive) are valid on 272 bus service.                                                                                                                                                                  www.mcrua.org.uk
                                                                                                                            Fine architecture -
                                                                                                                            Chester               Stockport
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.visitchester.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.discovercheshire.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.virtual-knutsford.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.visittrafford.info
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.visit-stockport.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.visitmanchester.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.metrolink.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.gmpte.com


                                                                                                                                                                                                               Blakemere Moss, Delamere Forest



                                                                                                                                                                                    Pretty Cheshire meadows
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ARRIVA TRAINS WALES

                                                               Arriva Trains Wales/Trenau Arriva
                                                                                                             FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                               Cymru runs services along some of             Arriva Trains Wales, St.Mary’s House,
                                                               the most scenic routes in the                 47 Penarth Road, Cardiff, CF10 5DJ.
                                                               country.                                      Customer Relations 0845 6061 660
                                                                                                             www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk
                                                                                                             www.walesflexipass.co.uk
                                                               The Borderlands Line between Wrexham          www.sailrail.co.uk
                                                               and Bidston runs through a                    www.scenicwales.co.uk
                                                               kaleidoscope of scenic vistas including       Visit Wales
                                                               the hills of North East Wales to the tidal    www.visitwales.co.uk
                                                                                                             T: 08708 300 306
                                                               Dee at the bridge connecting England          Email: info@visitwales.co.uk
                                                               and Wales. There’s a Heritage Trail, a
                                                               castle, botanic gardens and a former
                                                                                                            The Freedom of Wales Flexipass is
                                                               prime minister’s home waiting to be
                                                                                                            a great way of enjoying all these
                                                               discovered.
                                                                                                            routes and the rest of the Arriva
                                                                                                            Trains Wales network. It offers
                                                              The Conwy Valley Line takes you
                                                                                                            unlimited bus travel for 8
                                                              from the Queen of the Welsh
                                                                                                            consecutive days and unlimited train
                                                              Resorts at Llandudno to the heart
                                                                                                            travel for 4 of those days.
                                                              of Snowdonia at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
                                                                                                            You can also benefit from 2 for 1
                                                              The mountains beckon as the train
                                                                                                            entry at featured attractions and
                                                              climbs the Lledr Valley through
                                                                                                            discounted YHA and hotel
                      Dolwyddelan and Roman Bridge to pass through the longest tunnel in Wales
                                                                                                            accommodation. In partnership
                      emerging into a world of slate at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
                                                                                                            with SailRail, an alliance of UK Train
                                                                                                            operating companies and ferry
                      The Chester to Shrewsbury Line travels through three counties and some
                                                                                                            companies on the Irish Sea, Arriva
                      of the finest scenery of the Marches. Chester’s Roman walls, medieval shop
                                                                                                            Trains Wales operates connecting
                      fronts and superb shops are waiting to be explored. Ruabon has bus links
                                                                                                            services to and from Holyhead and
                      to Llangollen where there’s a restored railway and horsedrawn canal boats;
                                                                                                            Fishguard Harbour to Rosslare, Cork
                      Chirk’s castle, marina and the scenic Ceiriog Valley are a short bus ride from
                                                                                                            and Dublin.
                      the station; Gobowen is the gateway to Oswestry, a traditional market town
                      with a great choice of independent retailers; Shrewsbury on the River Severn
                      has half timbered buildings, galleries, museums and a riverside park.

                      The Cambrian Railway line runs cross country from Shrewsbury through
                      a varied rural landscape, from the rolling borderlands around Welshpool
                      and Newtown to some of the best beaches in Britain. At Machynlleth, the
                      line splits, both branches leading you towards Aberystwyth in one direction
                      and Pwllheli and Barmouth in the other. Private railways (narrow gauge
                      and steam), a famous pottery, a camera obscura, car, maritime and railway
                      museums, the Centre for Alternative Technology, and King Arthur’s Labyrinth
                      await you both on the coast and inland.

                      The Heart of Wales Line runs for 121 miles from the South Wales coast at
                      Swansea to Shrewsbury. Victorian spa towns, red kites, forests, beautiful
                      views and access to the National Cycle Route and waymarked walks can all be
                      enjoyed from this line.

                      The South West Wales Railway runs from the urban heartlands of Swansea to
                      the glorious Pembrokeshire Coast through the varied scenery of Carmarthen
                      Bay. Serving the main county towns of Carmarthen and Haverfordwest and
                      the hidden gems of Narberth, Saundersfoot and Pembroke, it’s a great day
                      for lovers of wildlife and
                      spectacular scenery.
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BARTON-ON-HUMBER - CLEETHORPES LINE                                                                                        THE YORKSHIRE COAST LINE
Showing bus connection via the Humber Bridge to Hull
                                        The Barton Line was built primarily                                                                                            This is a line with lots to offer -
                                                                                   FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                            FURTHER INFORMATION
                                        to provide access to the convenient        Gill Simpson, Haven House, Waterside
                                                                                                                                                                       from the thriving city and port of         Sally Baird, Rail Partnership Officer,
                                        ferry services between New Holland         Road, Barton upon Humber, DN18 5BD                                                  Hull to a string of seaside resorts,       Challenge House, 35 Eastgate North,
                                        and Hull. It still serves Hull, via a      T: 07740 609992                                                                     rural villages and charming market         Driffield, YO25 6DG. T: 01377 232138
                                        bus link over the Humber Bridge,           Email: gillian.simpson@hwrcc.org.uk                                                 towns. The line has kept much of           and 07740 086272 (mobile), Fax: 01377
                                                                                   Chairman of the BCCRP is Mike                                                       its traditional character and many         255646, Email: sally.baird@hwrcc.org.
                                        and is a vital commuter and                Gathercole. Line operated by Northern                                                                                          uk or log onto
                                        shopper link with Grimsby and                                                                                                  of the stations are a joy to behold.
                                                                                   Rail, with connecting services at                                                                                              www.yorkshirecoastline.co.uk Line
                                        Cleethorpes. But it is also a line rich    Grimsby and Cleethorpes to First                                                    Hull is an ideal port to enter the UK,     operated by Northern Rail, with many
                                                                                   TPEservices to Doncaster,                                                           with regular ferries from Belgium          through services to Doncaster &
                                        with opportunities for the leisure
                                                                                   Sheffield and Manchester. East                                                      and The Netherlands.                       Sheffield. Connections with First TPX,
                                        visitor, providing convenient and          Midlands service to Lincoln and                                                                                                Hull Trains & East Coast at Hull Station,
Hull City Centre                        traffic free access to quiet walks,        Nottingham. Bus Link to Hull City                                                                                              First TPX at Scarborough Station
                                                                                                                                                                        Description of the Line
                                        contrasting views, fascinating             Centre from Barton Station over
                                                                                                                                                                        Kingston upon Hull is a thriving city
                                        antiquities, the National Nature           Humber Bridge, operated by EYMS
                                                                                   and Stagecoach.                                                                     and port which has retained much
                                        Reserve at Far Ings or simply a                                                                                                of its maritime history. There are
                                        soothing scenic ride - in short a                                                                                              eight free museums, along with the        TOURIST INFORMATION
                                        relaxing day out for all the family.      TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES                                                          new and exciting attraction The           Hull, 1 Paragon St. T: 0844 8112070
                                                                                  Cleethorpes/Grimsby TIC,                                                             Deep, a must for all visitors. The city   Beverley, 34 Butcher Row.
                                        Description of the Line                   Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra                                                       is famous for its theatres and has a      T: 0844 8112070
                                        In the shadow of the record               Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LG                                                          tremendously strong local cultural        Bridlington, 25 Prince Street.
                                                                                  T: 01472 323111                                                                      scene, including several lively fes-      T: 0844 8112070
                                        breaking Humber Bridge, Barton is a
                                                                                  Grimsby TIC, Grimsby Library, Town                                                   tivals. The station - Paragon - is a      Filey, John Street. T: 01723 383636
                                        historic town with a variety of
                                                                                  Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HG                                                        magnificent building, an excellent        Scarborough, Brunswick Centre.
                                        Georgian and Victorian buildings
Thornton Abbey Gatehouse                                                          T: 01472 323111                                                                     starting point for your journey up         T: 01723 383636
                                        and two notable churches - St             Brigg TIC, Market Place, Brigg.          the coast. Cottingham is the first stop - said to be England’s largest village.       Whitby, Langbourne Road.
Mary’s, which dates from the twelfth century and St Peter’s. The town offers      DN20 8ER T: 01652 657053                                                                                                       T: 01723 383636
                                                                                                                           Lots of good shops and a fine church.
a choice of accommodation, restaurants, pubs and shops. There are many            Humber Bridge TIC, North Bank
scenic walks along the Humber estuary with a National Nature Reserve at Far       Viewing Area, Ferriby Road, Hessle,      Look out for The Minster as the train approaches Beverley. The station is a
Ings.                                                                             HU13 0LN T: 01482 640852                 superb gateway to the ‘capital of the East Riding’, with a fine overall roof.
                                                                                                                           The line serves several small villages, each of which is worth a look. Driffield,
From Barrow Haven and New Holland there are riverside walks and extensive         Cleethorpes is a thriving beach          the next major stop, is a fine market town with good bus links out to the
views of the Humber Bridge. From Goxhill you can take a country walk to           resort with miles of safe sandy          Yorkshire Wolds. Bridlington is a popular family resort, and graced by a fine
                                      Thornton Abbey and Station. The             beaches. A short walk along the          station which has particularly good floral displays in summer, and a cosy
                                      imposing medieval gatehouse of              promenade brings you to the leisure      traditional buffet. Part of the station is a community arts centre. Look out for
                                      Thornton Abbey stands east of the           centre, Pleasure Island Theme Park       glimpses of the sea as the train leaves Bridlington - Flamborough Head, with
                                      station and inside the grounds are          and the Cleethorpes Light Railway        its famous lighthouse, is in the distance.
                                      the Augustinian ruins a pleasant            - a steam operated narrow gauge
                                      backdrop for a picnic. The line then        line. Back along the seafront there      Bempton, the next stop, is an easy walk to the coast and the bird reserve.
                                      passes through Ulceby, Habrough,            are a good selection of shops,           Filey is yet another fine station, and just a short walk to the town centre
                                      Stallingborough, Healing and Great          restaurants and pubs and some            and the well-preserved seafront. Why not walk from here to Scarborough
                                      Coates before entering the bustling         renowned and award winning fish          – it’s one of the best coastal walks you’ll find! If you stay on the train you’ll
                                      town and fishing port of Grimsby.           and chip restaurants. Cleethorpes        come into Seamer, where the York line joins us. From there it’s a short run to
                                                                                  location at the mouth of the             Scarborough with its vast range of attractions. These include boat trips, cliff
                                                                                                                           railways, a superb park (with miniature railway!), the castle, new open air                                      Bridlington
                                       The busy shopping centre of                Humber estuary makes it a haven
                                                                                                                           theatre and lots more.                                                                                           Harbour
                                       Grimsby also includes Freshney Place       for seabirds. West of the town this
                                       which has a good and varied                stretch of coast line is renowned for
                                                                                                                           Special features and ticketing
                                       selection of shops and nearby are          its rich variety of wildlife and is a    The line is promoted by the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership,
                                       attractions such as the renowned           regular haunt of birdwatchers.           (who can be contacted through Sally Baird, Rail Partnership officer). Trains
                                       Fishing Heritage Centre with its                                                    are operated by Northern Rail, with connecting services at Hull &
                                       fishing trawler.                           The line is promoted by Barton           Scarborough.
                                                                                  Cleethorpes Community Rail
                                                                                  partnership and Community Rail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beverley Minster
                                                                                  Humber who can be contacted
                                                                                  through Gill Simpson.




                   Humber Bridge
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HUDDERSFIELD - MANCHESTER VICTORIA LINE                                                                               THE PENISTONE LINE
The line that goes over the top!                                                                                      Huddersfield to Sheffield
                                         The railway from Huddersfield to                                                                                        The Penistone Line links
                                                                                    FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                  FURTHER INFORMATION
                                         Manchester offers spectacular views        Northern Rail T: 0845 00 00 125
                                                                                                                                                                 Huddersfield and Sheffield via
                                                                                                                                                                 Penistone and Barnsley, passing         www.penline.co.uk
                                         of the Pennines, historic mills and        www.northernrail.org                                                                                                 email: musictrain@btinternet.com
                                                                                                                                                                 through attractive Pennine
                                         weavers’ settlements. Beginning at         Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre
                                                                                                                                                                 landscape and typical rural West        southpenninesrail@googlemail.com
                                         the impressive Grade 1 Listed              www.standedge.co.uk                                                                                                  Northern Rail T: 0845 00 00 125
                                                                                                                                                                 Riding settlements. The impressive
                                                                                    Saddleworth Bands Festival                                                                                           www.northernrail.org
                                         Huddersfield Station, the line                                                                                          remains of Yorkshire’s textile and
                                                                                    www.whitfriday.brassbands.                                                   coal mining heritage can be easily      The Honley Show
                                         snakes its way along the Colne             saddleworth.org                                                                                                      www.honleyshow.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                 accessed from the line, as well as
                                         Valley, once the centre of the West        Marsden Jazz Festival                                                        art galleries, museums and bustling     The Penistone Paramount
                                         Riding worsted trade, and on               www.marsdenjazzfestival.com                                                  towns.                                  www.penistoneparamount.co.uk
                                         through the villages of Slaithwaite                                                                                                                             Elsecar Heritage Centre
                                                                                                                      Penistone Viaduct: photo Brian Barnsley      Huddersfield is a town full of        www.elsecar-heritage-centre.co.uk
                                         and Marsden Leaving Marsden the           TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES                                                     Victorian architecture and has the
                                         line turns through 90 degrees and         Huddersfield T: 01484 223200       third highest number of listed buildings of any town or city in the UK. An
Tunnel End on Huddersfield Narrow Canal                                                                               immediate testimony to the splendour of buildings is the Huddersfield
                                         plunges into Standedge Tunnel, one        Manchester T: 0871 222 8223                                                                                          TOURIST INFORMATION
of the longest on the rail network, at over 3 miles.                                                                  Station façade itself, a Grade I listed building which has been noted by some
                                                                                                                      as second only to St Pancras.                                                     Sheffield T: 0114 221 1900
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barnsley T: 01226 206757
The line emerges in Lancashire at Greenfield, bordering the Peak District           COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP        Upon leaving Huddersfield Station the train emerges from the Huddersfield         Huddersfield T: 01484 22320
                                                                                    The South Pennines Rail           Tunnel on a high viaduct carrying the line over the River Colne and restored
National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The line then meanders
                                                                                    Partnership covers the railway    Huddersfield Narrow Canal. There follows a succession of spectacular
down hill to Stalybridge, the home of an extremely popular Station Buffet                                             viaducts, tunnels and woodland with far reaching views of the Pennine Hills.
                                                                                    lines from Huddersfield to                                                                                           THE PENISTONE LINE
- and then on to Ashton under Lyne. Here it joins the Caldervale Line, and          Manchester Victoria.
                                                                                                                      Penistone is approached across the 29 arch Penistone Viaduct. The line then        PARTNERSHIP
continues its descent into Manchester Victoria Station in the heart of the city.    Huddersfield to Sheffield, and    turns due east passing through one of the single bore Oxspring Tunnels             The Penistone Line Partnership,
                                                                                    Bradford to Manchester            before descending to the busy town of Barnsley with its remarkable coal            representing local interests, is a
Things to see along the line                                                        Victoria.For information          mining heritage and then on to the region’s largest indoor shopping centre,        long-time supporter of services
Slaithwaite offers a range of village shops and cafes, and there are many           regarding the work of the         Meadowhall. The train terminates at the award winning, restored Midland            on the route and provides a
great walks, particularly along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Marsden              partnership please contact the    Railway station in the heart of the thriving City of Sheffield.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         wide range of events
provides an opportunity to take a walk along the canal towpath to                   Community Rail Officer on         Things to see and do along the line                                                including guided walks, music
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre, where guided boat trips into the               T: 07912 753817, or at            Every station on the line is a gateway to stunning scenery and attractive          trains, supports station adoption
highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain are available from April       southpenninesrail@googlemail.     walks. There are excellent shops, galleries and markets in Huddersfield,           and publishes a free pub guide
to October.                                                                         com                               Barnsley and Sheffield.                                                            to the line.

Marsden Jazz Festival is a yearly event held in Autumn. Further to the many                                                                                                                             Honley is a large village situated on
walks available at Greenfield, the Saddleworth area offers far more than                                                                                                                                the banks of the River Holme in the
moors! The Brownhill Countryside Centre, located in Dobcross is well worth                                                                                                                              Holme Valley. The annual Honley
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Show takes place in June, offering
a visit. Saddleworth has a large number of annual customs and traditions,                                                                                                                               a great day out for the family with
many of which are held during Whitsuntide. These include Brass Band                                                                                                                                     marquees, exhibitors and
contests and ‘beer walks’.                                                                                                                                                                              stallholders. Honley Station also
                                                                                                                                                                           Huddersfield Canal           provides easy access to Holmfirth,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        which provides further
Mossley is an ideal place to start a walk up into the hills or to Dovestone                                                                                                                             opportunities for attractive walks as
Reservoir.                                                                                                                                                                                              well as hosting annual events such
                                                                                                                                                                                                        as the Holmfirth Festival of Folk and
                                                                                   Huddersfield Station                                                                                                 Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival.
Stalybridge has its celebrated Station Buffet but there is plenty to see in
the town, including a revived town square with the re-opened canal as the                                                                                                                               Penistone has a superb art nouveau
centrepiece.                                                                                                                                                                                            cinema, ‘The Paramount’, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                        has been showing films since 1915.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        As well as the latest in big film
Ashton-under-Lyne is home to the Portland Basin Museum, which is housed                                                                                                                                 entertainment, there is a packed
within a restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse, which is                                                                                                                                   programme of live productions.
signposted from the town centre.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elsecar features the Elsecar Heritage
                                                                                                                       Dove Stones reservoir                                                            Centre, a living history centre which
The Rail Ale Trail is a very popular activity, recently promoted by Oz Clarke      Huddersfield Canal - Uppermill      near Greenfield         Easter Gate, Marsden                                     contains the only Newcomen steam
and James May. For further information on the trail, contact the South                                                                                                                                  engine in the world to have
Pennines Rail Partnership. Northern Rail’s South Pennines Day Ranger ticket                                                                                                                             remained in its original location.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Craft workshops, a monthly
can be used for the Rail Ale Trail, as it allows you to hop on and off the line                                                                                                                         antiques fair, and many other
as you wish.                                                                                                                                                                                            special events are held at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Centre. There is also a nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                        reserve, a public park with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        bandstand, children’s playground,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        refreshment room and a pitch and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        putt golf course.
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CALDERVALE LINE                                                                                                           FIRST TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS
Manchester Victoria to Bradford and Leeds
                                                                                                                          Windermere Station
                                          The Caldervale Line line has a                                                                                           First TransPennine Express services
                                          number of active station                 FURTHER INFORMATION                                                             to Cumbria and the Lake District         FURTHER INFORMATION
                                                                                   Northern Rail 0845 00 00 125                                                                                             For times and ticket information visit
                                          partnerships groups, which work                                                                                          pass through some of the most
                                                                                   www.northernrail.org                                                                                                     www.tpexpress.co.uk
                                          hard to improve their stations, and                                                                                      beautiful and well loved parts
                                                                                   Hardcastle Crags                                                                                                         Alternatively you can go to the
                                          link them into their local               www.nationaltrust.org.uk                                                        of the north west of England.
                                          communities. Examples of                                                                                                                                          National Rail Enquiries website at
                                                                                   Piece Hall www.thepiecehall.co.uk                                               Windermere - Oxenholme section
                                          successful community ownership                                                                                                                                    www.nationalrail.co.uk
                                                                                   Eureka! www.eureka.org.uk                                                       The twin towns of Windermere
                                          can be seen at many of the stations                                                                                                                               First TransPennine Express customer
                                                                                                                                                                   and Bowness-on- Windermere owe           services T: 0845 600 1671
                                          along the line.                                                                                                          their popularity to the arrival of       Email:
                                                                                  TOURIST INFORMATION                                                              the railway in 1847. Walks to the        tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
                                          The journey begins at Manchester                                                                                         higher parts of Windermere offer
                                          Victoria with its classic Lancashire    Manchester 0871 222 8223
                                                                                  Bradford 01274 433678                                                            excellent views of the lake and the     Oxenholme
                                          and Yorkshire railway architecture                                              nearby fells whilst lake cruises from Bowness travel north to Waterhead (for
                                          and a splendid tiled route map          Leeds 0113 242 5242
                                                                                                                          Ambleside), and south to Lakeside. Cycle hire is available at Windermere,
                                          from the turn of the century. The                                               with special offers for rail travellers.
train passes Newton Heath Depot - one of Northern Rail’s largest traincare
facilities, on its way to Moston before heading to Rochdale via Mills Hill and     COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP             Kendal Castle was the Birthplace of Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII.
Castleton. From Rochdale the line parallels the Rochdale Canal right through       The South Pennines Rail                The town is home to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry with its
to Sowerby Bridge, through                                                         Partnership covers the railway         reconstructed shops and homesettings.. The original office of Alfred
rugged Pennine landscape.
                                                                                   routes from Huddersfield to            Wainwright, whose handwritten guides to the Lake District remain the
                                                                                   Manchester Victoria,                   definitive works for many visitors, can be seen in the Kendal Museum.
Smithy Bridge is a good stop to visit Hollingworth Lake; a nature reserve and
country park, with an excellent visitor centre providing interactive displays      Huddersfield to Sheffield, and
and exhibits on local history, the Rochdale Canal, the lake and it’s wildlife.     Bradford to Manchester                 Barrow - Carnforth
Littleborough is nestled between the Pennine hills and a Pennine Spur called       Victoria. For information              Barrow-in-Furness grew during the 19th Century to become a major
Rossendale Fells. The area is perfect for exploring a part of Lancashire noted     regarding the work of the              shipbuilding centre. The industry’s history is told at the Dock Museum.
for its beautiful wooded valleys and sweeping moorland.                                                                   Dalton station not only serves Furness Abbey and Dalton Castle, a fourteenth
                                                                                   partnership please contact the
                                                                                                                          century tower owned by the National Trust, but also the South Lakes Wild
                                                                                   Community Rail Officer on              Animal Park, widely regarded as Britain’s best conservation park. Ulverston
Todmorden is a lively market town, and home to thriving Fair Trade shops,          07912 753817 or at
contemporary restaurants and cosy cafes. After a series of tunnels, the train                                             was the birthplace of comedian Stan Laurel (1890) and hosts the Laurel and
arrives at Hebden Bridge, offering a plethora of shops, pubs and cafes. It lies    southpenninesrail@googlemail.          Hardy Museum.
close to the Pennine Way and Hardcastle Crags, a beautiful wooded valley           com
managed by the National Trust. Hebden Bridge is famed for being the first                                                 Cark & Cartmel station is roughly a mile from Holker Hall which features
‘Walkers are Welcome’ town in the country.                                        The next stop for the Leeds-bound       award winning gardens and the Lakeland Motor Museum, which
                                                                                  train is Halifax, home of the           houses the Campbell BluebirdExhibition. Leaving the train at
Mytholmroyd is a picturesque ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village with four              stunning ‘Piece Hall’ which has         Grange-over-Sands enables visitors to enjoy the peaceful
waymarked walks direct from the Station. It is the birthplace of Ted Hughes,      wonderful shops and cafés to visit as   atmosphere of this picturesque seaside resort. As it heads
and home to the Ted Hughes Memorial Theatre.                                      well as holding events throughout       eastwards the Furness Line offers spectacular views of
                                                                                  the year. ‘Eureka!’ the national        Morecambe Bay. Highlights include the River Kent Viaduct
The next stop is Sowerby Bridge, look out for the Jubilee Refreshment Rooms       children’s museum is adjacent to the    and the 49 span Leven Viaduct. Arnside is surrounded by
at the Station, which recreates the type of refreshment rooms that would          station. The train then continues       an area of outstanding natural beauty and is the starting
have been available in the Golden Age of rail                                     through pleasant West Riding            point for the Cross Bay, Westmorland Way and Limestone
travel.                                                                           scenery to Bradford, with its wealth    Link walks.
                                                                                  of attractions including the National
                                                                                  Media Museum.                           Silverdale station serves the RSPB reserve at Leighton
                                                                                                                          Moss, the largest reedbed in north-west England. Carnforth
                                                                                  From cutting-edge couture to            station is a short walk away from Warton Crag Nature Reserve
                                                                                  contemporary cuisine, Leeds will        and its superb views across the sands of Morecambe Bay. The station is
                                                                                  serve it to you on a plate… or in a     famous as the location for the 1945 film “Brief Encounter” and visitors can
                                                                                  stylishly designed bag. And when        enjoy a romantic interlude of their own in the Brief Encounter Refreshment
                                                                                  you’re through for the day, the         Room and Visitor Centre.
                                                                                  night awaits, full of pubs, clubs and                                                                                    Arnside
                                                                                  more restaurants to keep you fed        Lancaster boasts its own castle, a market hall that sells an impressively wide
                                                                                  and fuelled for more.                   variety of merchandise and the City and Maritime Museums. Trains continue
                                          Canal Basin in Todmorden                                                        via Preston through to Manchester, with its shops, galleries and museums and
                                                                                                                          on to Manchester Airport, gateway to over 200 worldwide destinations.
                                                                                  Brass band in Hebden Bridge
                                                                                                                          Tickets
                                                                                                                          This includes advance purchase fares from Manchester to Windermere,
                                                                                                                          Manchester to Grange-over-Sands and Edinburgh to Windermere plus many
                                                                                                                          more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.tpexpress.
                                                                                                                          co.uk Look out for the handy sized First TransPennine Express walks booklet
                                                                                                                          which can be found at stations across the network. It contains a selection of
                                                                                                                          walks accessible from a number of railway stations into beautiful
                                                                                                                          surrounding countryside.
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WEST AND EAST LANCASHIRE, RIBBLE VALLEY
AND SOUTH FYLDE LINES
                                         Triangle in Burnley is a preserved Victorian industrial townscape and is close          South station close to the bustle of
                                         to the Leeds Liverpool canal which parallels the East Lancashire Line for               the Golden Mile.
                                         much of its length.
                                                                                                                                 The line passes through genteel
                                         The West Lancashire Lines                                                               Lytham with its exclusive shops,
                                         The western part of Lancashire enjoys good rail links with the rest of the              restored windmill and there is real
                                         Northwest and has lots to offer the visitor whether for a day or longer                 ale pub in the old station buildings.
                                         breaks. Picturesque villages that are steeped in history, green undulating and          Ansdell & Fairhaven station is close
                                         varied landscapes and pretty canal walks; it’s all easily accessible by train and       to the famous Royal Lytham & St.
                                         ideally situated between Manchester, Liverpool and Preston.                             Annes Golf Club and also Fairhaven
                                                                                                                                 Lake, with its hire boats and cafés.
                                         There are two lines, one running from Preston the market town of                        St. Annes-on-the-Sea has recently
The Ribble Valley Line                                                                                                                                                   COUNTY & TOURIST INFORMATION
                                         Ormskirk, and one from Wigan to Southport. The Preston to Ormskirk line                 seen a major refurbishment and
The Ribble Valley Line starts in                                                                                                                                         CENTRES:
                                         runs through an area of intensive crop growing and calls at Croston with 7              with a Victorian Pier, annual kite
Manchester and traverses the Irwell
                                         pubs, Rufford for Rufford Old Hall and Burscough, with links to walks on the            festival and miles of golden sands      Blackburn      T: 01254 688040
Valley to Bolton followed by a climb
                                         Leeds Liverpool canal. The second line finishes in Southport, famous for the            is well worth a visit. Just before      Blackpool      T: 01253 478222
over the West Pennine Moors to
                                         Lord Street shops, complete with Victorian canopies.                                    the end of the line is Britain’s most   Clitheroe      T: 01200 425566
the cotton towns of Darwen and
Blackburn and then into the Ribble                                                                                               popular theme park with its own         Nelson         T: 01282 698533
                                         The South Fylde Line                                                                    station called Blackpool Pleasure       Ormskirk       T: 01695 579062
Valley. The journey is a contrast of
                                         The South Fylde line starts in Preston and runs inland to Kirkham where it              Beach.                                  Preston        T: 01772 556618
industrial heritage and lovely rural
                                         veers off the main line on a single line branch that follows the Fylde coast to                                                 Southport      T: 01704 533333
scenes.
                                         Blackpool. Once on the coast the line skirts traditional links golf courses with                                                www.communityraillancashire.co.uk
                                         glimpses of the 58m tower at Blackpool and then finally arrives at Blackpool                                                    www.dalesrail.com
Manchester is the fast growing
business centre of the Northwest of                                                                                                                                      www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk
England and would need a whole                                      Leeds & Liverpool Canal,
book to do it justice. Bolton is                                           Burscough Bridge                                                                              PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFORMATION
famous for elephants, or so they say,                              Photo: Visitlancashire.com                                                                            Traveline. T: 0871 200 22 33
to find why pick up a copy of the                                                                                                                                        www.traveline.org.uk/index.htm
Elephant Walk Guide for the tourist                                                                                                                                      Northern Rail. T: 0845 00 00 125
information centre. Darwen and                                                                                                                                           www.northernrail.org
Blackburn are famous for cotton                                                                                                                                          National Rail: T: 08457 48 49 50
production and old mills and                                                                                                                                             www.nationalrail.co.uk
chimneys can be seen from the
train. The picture box village of
Whalley, once the home of                                                                                                                                                COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIPS
Cistercian monks, is well worth a                                                                                                                                        The four lines shown here all have
visit and at Clitheroe you can marvel                                                                                                                                    active community rail partnerships,
at what may be the smallest keep of
                                                                                                                                                                         involved in promoting the lines. For
any castle in England.
                                                                                                                                                                         more information regarding the
                                                                                                                             WALKING TO FITNESS                          work of the partnerships, please
The East Lancashire Line                                                                                                     There are many walks available from
The line is about 30 miles in length                                                                                                                                     contact:
                                                                                                                             all the lines here and there is a full
from Preston to Colne and is a route                                                                                         programme of guided walks led by
of contrasts. Starting at Preston the                                                                                                                                    Richard Watts, Partnership
                                                                                                                             the Rail Ramblers, as well as self          Secretary, T: 01772 534582
junction with the West Coast Main                                                                                            guided walks. More information can
Line it ends at Colne an attractive                                                                                                                                      Fax: 01772 533014
                                                                                                                             be found at:                                richard.watts@lancashire.gov.uk
Market Town and the home of the                                                                                              www.communityraillancashire.co.uk
annual Rhythm and Blues Festival.                                                                                            www.dalesrail.com
The route passes through attractive                                                                                                                                      Simon Clarke, Community Rail
                                                                                                                             www.railramblers.com
countryside and the busy towns of                                                                                            www.blackburn.gov.uk                        Development Officer
Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley and                                                                                           www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk                  T: 01772 530144 Fax: 01772 533014
Nelson. The journey affords                                                                                                                                              simon.clarke@lancashire.gov.uk
excellent views of Pendle Hill as well
as Hoghton Tower.                                                                                                                                                        Brian Haworth, Community Rail
                                                                                                                                                                         Development Officer
In Blackburn, a cathedral town, you                                                                                                                                      T: 01772 530144 Fax: 01772 533014
will find the largest undercover                                                                                                                                         brian.haworth@lancashire.gov.uk
market in the Northwest and an
interesting museum. The Haworth
                                                                                                                                                                         All at: Lancashire County Council
Art Gallery, with the largest
                                                                                                                                                                         PO Box 78, County Hall, Fishergate
collection of Tiffany glass outside
                                                                                                                                                                         Hill, Preston PR1 8XJ
private ownership, is near to
Accrington station. The Weavers’
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LEEDS TO THE SETTLE-CARLISLE AND THE LANCASTER                                                                              BISHOP LINE
MORECAMBE LINE
                                        The area served by the Leeds-Settle-                                                                                        Situated in the North East of England,   The terminus of the public line is
                                        Carlisle line and the line to Lancaster     FURTHER INFORMATION                                                             the line extends from the East Coast     Bishop Auckland whose history is
                                        and Morecambe is some of the finest         For times and ticket information call
                                                                                    National Rail Enquiries (24hrs)                                                 Main Line at Darlington (Bank Top)       intertwined with that of the Bishops
                                        countryside in Britain. The Settle-
                                        Carlisle line is well known for its rich    T: 08457 48 49 50.                                                              Station to Bishop Auckland, a thriving   of Durham, to whom the town was
                                                                                    For Group Travel bookings on the S&C                                            market town in County Durham.            given by King Canute. The Roman
                                        and varied history and its spectacular
                                                                                    call Freephone T: 0800 98 007 66
                                        route through the hills and dales                                                                                                                                    Dere Street passes adjacent to the
                                                                                    Northern Rail services information
                                        of Yorkshire and Cumbria. The less                                                                                          The line follows the route of one        station as the main street through
                                                                                    T: 0845 00 00 125
                                        well-known Leeds-Lancaster and              Settle-Carlisle                                                                 of the oldest public railways in the     the centre of the town eventually
                                        Morecambe line, The Bentham Line,           website www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
                                        branches off at Settle junction and                                                                                         world, opened as the Stockton and        leading to the nearby Roman fort
                                                                                    Leeds-Lancaster-Morecambe website:
                                        heads towards the Lune Valley and                                                                                           Darlington Railway in 1825. There is     of Binchester. Time should be taken
                                                                                    www.llmr.co.uk
                                        historic Lancaster before arriving at                                               much of historical interest to see along the line.                               to visit some of the town’s many
                                        the seaside town of Morecambe.                                                                                                                                       attractions including the Bishop’s
Settle Station Photo: Ray Price                                                    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES              Darlington is a historic market town known as the ‘Gateway to the Tees           Palace, the home of the Bishops of
                                                                                   Leeds T: 0113 242 5242                   Valley’ and is world famous for its association with the beginning of the        Durham for over 800 years, and is
The Leeds-Settle-
Carlisle line                                                                      Settle T: 01729 825192                   railways in the 19th century. The town has a vibrant pedestrian town centre      still the Bishop’s official residence
The famous Settle-                                                                 Kirkby Stephen T: 01768 371199           with excellent shopping facilities, cafes and restaurants and hosts many         today.
Carlisle line begins its                                                           Carlisle T: 01228 625 600                exciting cultural events.
journey at Leeds and travels                                                       Lancaster T: 01524 32878                                                                                                  http://www.bishopauckland.org/
initially through the Aire Valley                                                  Morecambe T: 01524 582808                http://www.visitdarlington.com
to Skipton. This part of the route is                                                                                                                                                                        Robert Whitehouse
a fascinating tribute to our industrial                                            Guided Walks and bus links               On leaving Darlington (Bank Top) the line passes over the famous Skerne          Community Rail Officer -
heritage, where Victorian mill owners                                              Regular guided walks, free to rail
with entrepreneurial courage and flare                                                                                      Bridge which was shown on the Bank of England £5.00 note until recently          The Bishop Line
                                                                                   users, and varied bus routes from
generated huge wealth. Leaving Settle                                              stations will help you to discover the   and arrives at Darlington (North Road). This was Darlington’s original Station   Units 8-11
the scenic splendour of the route becomes                                          area of both these railway lines.        which now houses the award winning Head of Steam museum celebrating              The Beehive, Lingfield Point
evident as the railway carves its way through                                      To obtain more information on the        the pioneering ‘Quakers’ who started rail travel. The museum has                 Darlington
the northern uplands to Carlisle. The 72 miles                                     walks, and a whole host of other         Stephenson’s Locomotion No1 in its collection.                                   DL1 1YN
between Settle and Carlisle holds many attractions.                                information log on to
At Ribblehead the 24 arches of the viaduct carry                                   www.settle-carlisle.co.uk                http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Culture/headofsteam
the train over Batty Moss. Dent station is the highest
mainline station in Britain and Ais Gill, the summit of                            The Bentham Line, Connecting
the line is 1169 feet above sea level. Appleby and the                                                                      The line then quickly passes into rural countryside heading towards
                                                                                   Leeds-Lancaster and Morecambe
Eden valley sit between the Pennines and the Lakeland                              To discover an area full of charm        Heighington station. Adjacent to the Line is the Locomotion No. 1 public
hills and the lush sheltered valley is undiscovered and                            with wonderful views, take a trip        house which was the former station building. It is here that in 1825 the
delightful. Arriving at Carlisle, you have the opportunity                         on the Leeds- Lancaster-Morecambe        Locomotion No.1 was placed on the rails. More recently this was the station
to explore one of the most attractive towns in England,                            line. The line follows the route from    used for workers in the munitions factory at
with its castle, Cathedral and pedestrianised centre.                              Leeds to Settle junction where it        Aycliffe where the famous “Aycliffe Angels”
                                                                                   branches off towards Giggleswick         worked.
Tickets                                                                            and Clapham before reaching
A range of tickets allows different journey opportunities on                       the Lune Valley, Carnforth and
both routes. Ranger and Rover tickets are also available. For                                                               The line continues to Newton Aycliffe, one of the
                                                                                   Lancaster. Lancaster City has a
times and ticket information call National Rail Enquiries on                       wealth of things to see and do and       first ‘new towns’ built following World War II. The station is a
08457 48 49 50 (24 hrs).                                                           the Tourist Information Centre is        ‘recent’ addition built in 1978.
                                                                                   just down from the station by the
Group Travel – The Settle-Carlisle                                                 Castle. Alternatively travel through     After a short while the line runs into Shildon, which is known
line is well placed to offer                                                       to Morecambe and take in the fresh       as the ‘Cradle of the Railways’. This was the site of a major
tour operators and groups a                                                         sea air along the newly improved        workshop of the Stockton and Darlington Railway from 1825 and
 wonderful day out.                                                                 promenade and stone jetty.              continued building freight wagons until 1985. Shildon station is
Discounts of up to 50%
are available for groups                                                                                                    adjacent to the Locomotion museum (part of the National Railway
of 10 or more people                                                                                                        Museum) which encompasses the Soho Works of Timothy Hackworth, the
travelling together                                                                                                         Stockton and Darlington Railway’s first Locomotive Superintendent.
(discounts vary and can exclude some
periods). If you would like to bring a group to the S&C                                                                     http://www.nrm.org.uk/PlanaVisit/VisitShildon.aspx
please contact our group bookings and enquiries service
on freephone 0800 98 007 66 where one of our advisors will be                                                               The line continues through Prince of Wales tunnel, entering
happy to assist. Alternatively visit the web site www.settle-carlisle.
                                                                                                                            Weardale, with the village of South Church to the west. South
co.uk/grouptravel where there are suggested itineraries and plenty of
information. Details of the on train guide scheme and on board refreshment                                                  Church (formerly know as St Andrew’s Auckland) has the largest
service can also be provided.                                                                                               Church in County Durham.
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THE ESK VALLEY LINE                                                                                                      CUMBRIAN COAST LINE

                                         The Esk Valley is widely considered                                                                                        The scenic railway line links the
                                                                                  FURTHER INFORMATION                                                                                                          FURTHER INFORMATION
                                         to be one of the hidden gems of the      Esk Valley Railway Development                                                    border city of Carlisle in the north to
                                                                                                                                                                                                               For further information on train times,
                                         British railway network and offers       Company, The Coliseum, Victoria                                                   the industrial and maritime town of        tickets and fares please call: National
                                         stunning views along its 36 mile         Place, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21                                               Barrow-in-Furness in the south and         Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or
                                                                                  1EZ Tel/Fax:01947 601987
                                         route to the traditional fishing port                                                                                      passes through the Hadrian’s Wall          visit www.northernrail.org There are
                                                                                  Email: info@eskvalleyrailway.co.uk                                                                                           over 20 stations between Barrow and
                                         and seaside resort of Whitby.            Web: www.eskvalleyrailway.co.uk                                                   World Heritage Site. The journey
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Carlisle. Not all are shown on the map.
                                                                                                                                                                    along the Cumbrian Coast of 85
                                         Description of the Line                                                                                                    miles passes through the Western
                                         Departing from the commercial           TOURIST INFORMATION                                                                Lake District, an area steeped in         Through ticketing to the Ravenglass
                                         heart of Middlesbrough the line         Middlesbrough, 51 Corporation                                                      cultural, industrial and maritime         & Eskdale Railway is available from
                                                                                                                         Near Ravenglass
                                         heads past the conical hill of          Road T: 01642 729700                    Photo: Jackie Pharaoh                      history, set against a backdrop of        any station on the Cumbrian Coast
Whitby                                                                           Great Ayton, High Green Car Park
                                         Roseberry Topping into the North                                                                                           lakes and mountains.                      line which includes a day’s unlimited
Photo: Angela Thirkill                                                           01642 722835
                                         York Moors National Park. After a                                                                                                                                    travel on the Ravenglass & Eskdale
                                                                                 Danby, The Moors Centre                                                            Places to visit along the line            Railway, a journey of 7 miles from
                                         short pause to reverse at Battersby
                                                                                 T: 01439 772737                                                                                                              the Lake District’s only coastal
                                         and a call at the historic village of                                                                                      Barrow-in-Furness, the historic
                                                                                 Whitby, Langbourne Road
                                         Kildale the train reaches the summit.                                                                                      maritime town and regional                village Ravenglass to the foot of
                                                                                 T: 01723 383636
                                                                                                                                                                    shopping centre, has the Dock             the England’s highest mountain.
                                          The descent through the picturesque    TRAIN OPERATOR                                                                     Museum where you can discover the         For train times on the Ravenglass &
                                          stations of the Esk valley leads to    Northern Rail - Fares and service                                                  town’s shipbuilding history.              Eskdale Railway please call
                                          Grosmont and a junction with the       information: T: 08457 48 49 50                                                                                               01229 71 71 71 or visit
                                          steam trains of the North Yorkshire                                                                                       Millom houses the RAF Millom              www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
                                                                                                                         Between Whitehaven and Workington
                                          Moors Railway. From here the line                                                                                         Aviation & Military Museum and you
                                                                                                                         Photo: Northern Rail
Great Fryup Dale near Danby               dates back to the 1830s, having been   Special features and ticketing                                                     can also discover the town’s
Photo: Angela Thirkill                    engineered by George Stevenson.        Connections with the North              industrial past at the Folk Museum.
                                          Hugging the banks of the River Esk     Yorkshire Moors Railway can be
down through Sleights and Ruswarp, travellers are treated to a fine view of      made at Grosmont and also from          Ravenglass is the Lakes District National Park’s only coastal village. Take a trip
Whitby as the train rounds the final bend before terminating at the historic     Whitby during the summer.               on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway or
Whitby station, right in the centre of town.                                     Tel: 01751 472508 for details of        visit Muncaster Castle.
                                                                                 steam services. Through tickets from
Things to see and do along the way The Esk Valley line gives ideal access to     Esk Valley Line stations to Pickering   Whitehaven is a Georgian town with a
                                                                                 are available.                          historic harbour and marina. You can
pleasant walks and longer hikes. Alight at Great Ayton and Kildale to enjoy
the climb for the view from Roseberry Topping or Captain Cook’s                                                          visit The Rum Story or The Beacon
                                                                                 The Moorslink rover ticket
monument. The Esk Valley Walk parallels the railway all the way from                                                     Visitor Centre.
                                                                                 offers one day’s uninterrupted
Castleton to Whitby. Egton is famous for its Gooseberry Fair. There are walks    travel on the Moorsbus, Esk Valley                                                                                           Cumbrian Coast near Ravenglass
along the route of the old railway from Grosmont to Goathland                    Line and North Yorkshire                Maryport is an attractive coastal town                                               Photo: Jackie Pharaoh
(‘Aidensfield’ of the TV Heartbeat series) and you can return by steam train.    Moors Railway. Tel: 01845 597000        on the Solway estuary. Visit the Lake
During the Summer the National Park’s extensive Moorsbus network serves          for information about the               District Coast Aquarium, the Wave
the Moors Centre near Danby station (details on buses and walks from the         Moorsbus service.                       Centre or discover Maryport’s Roman
Moors Centre). If you prefer a leisurely day most villages have cafes and pubs                                           past at the Senhouse Roman Museum.
where you can sit back and enjoy the rural tranquillity. Whitby is well known    Special events on the Line
for its abbey and unspoilt harbour and beaches – it boasts some of the best      For details on the Summer Fridays       At Carlisle, discover thousands of years
fish and chip restaurants in the country.                                        Music Trains for 2010                   of Carlisle and Border history at the
                                                                                 Tel: 01947 601987 or visit              Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery,
                                                                                 www.eskvalleyrailway.co.uk              or explore the mysterious chambers,
                                                                                                                         stairways and dungeons at Carlisle
                                                                                                                         Castle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maryport Harbour Photo: Brian Sherwen



                                                                                                                         Tickets to explore at your leisure
                                                                                                                         Cumbria Day Ranger
                                                                                                                         Cumbria Round Robin
                                                                                                                         Cumbrian Coast Day Ranger
                                                                                                                         Lakes Day Ranger
                                                                                        Whitby Abbey at sunset
                                                                                                                         North West & North Country Rovers
                                                                                        Photo: Alan Wastell              All Line Rail Rovers
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DURHAM AND CHESTER-LE-STREET
A bustling modern city and market town with Christian heritage
                                               The East Coast Main Line passes         Earth”. From those kind words, Bill                                                Chester-le-Street Station
                                               through the historic county of          was recently elected Chancellor                                                    Chester-le-Street’s railway station           TOURIST INFORMATION
                                               Durham between London and               of the University of Durham. Also                                                  was first opened in 1868, unstaffed           www.durhamtourism.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        T: 0191 384 3720
                                               Edinburgh. The priceless Lindisfarne    worth visiting in Durham is the                                                    from the 1980s and reopened by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tourist Information Centre,
                                               Gospels are now kept at the British     delightful, and haunted Crook Hall,                                                private company Chester-le-Track in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2 Millennium Place,
                                               Library, close to King’s Cross, the     within easy walking distance of the                                                1999. The company has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Durham, DH1 1WA
                                               ECML’s southern terminus. This is       railway station.                                                                   reinvigorated the station and                 Lumley Castle:
                                               260 miles south of Chester-le-Street.                                                                                      encouraged more train operating               www.lumleycastle.com
                                               The Gospels were completed prior        Opposite the Cathedral, across                                                     companies (TOCs) to call so there             T: 0191 389 1111
                                               to 721 AD in honour of St. Cuthbert,    Palace Green, Durham Castle is now                                                 are now 28 trains each weekday.               Durham Castle:
                                                                                                                                The Wear and Framwellgate, Durham, at
                                               the greatest saint of the north, who    home to University College, the                                                    The station also operates a virtual           www.durhamcastle.com
                                                                                                                                night Photo: Steve Highfield Photography
                                               died in 687AD, as a single work         oldest constituent college of the                                                  booking office at www.nationalrail.           T: 0191 334 4106
                                               by Bishop Eadfrith working on the       University of Durham. In vacations       com which provides information about rail travel throughout the UK,                     Crook Hall:
                                               Holy Island of Lindisfarne, viewed      over Easter and the long summer          including Northern Ireland, and you can book trains, accommodation, ferries             www.crookhallgardens.co.uk
                                               from the ECML further north near        break its student accommodation          and car hire irrespective of where in Great Britain you are going. During               T: 0191 384 8028
Visitors from Lesotho in Africa visiting       Berwick.                                is available to visitors. The Norman     office hours the station offers a telephone booking service for journeys
the shrine of St. Cuthbert, in Durham                                                  chapel of the Castle dates back to       anywhere in Britain on 0191 387 1387.
since 995 Photo: Ed Hicks                                                              1072, which makes it the oldest
                                               Following Viking raids in 875, the      university building in Europe and        Give Chester-le-Track a call for your journey requirements throughout the
                                               community of St. Cuthbert left with     can be visited most afternoons.          country, or book on-line at www.nationalrail.com
                                               the saint’s body and wandered           One of the best views of the Castle
                                               around the north before settling        and Cathedral can be had from
                                               in Chester-le-Street in 883. There      the station, or indeed from passing
                                               the relics of St. Cuthbert, and the     trains, but do get off (as Bill Bryson
                                               Gospels, stayed for 112 years, and      once did) to have a poke around
                                               during this time a church was built     one of the finest mediaeval cities in
                                               there on the site of the old Roman      Europe.
                                               fort (predating Durham Cathedral).
                                                                                       Chester-le-Street is your local
Alex Nelson, Stationmaster of Chester-le-    A Saxon priest, by the name of            National Rail station, wherever you
Streetconducts the Lesotho visitors
around Durham Castle Photo: Ed Hicks         Aldred, took the Lindisfarne Gos-         are.
                                             pels and between the lines of the
original Latin wrote a wordfor- word gloss of the Gospels into Old English,
the first known translation of the most important book in the world into                                                            Rail Rovers
the most important language in the world. Today, Chester-le-Street is now
the junior partner to this story, the relics having moved on to Durham in 995                                                       RailRovers are one of the great unmarketed products of the railway industry, a leftover from British Rail,
after a brief stop in Ripon.                                                                                                        but which few of the TOCs like to promote in case it loses them money! So Chester-le-Track promotes them
                                                                                                                                    instead. There is a wide range of area schemes, valid across specific areas, but the best deals are the All Line
East Coast trains to London do not call at Chester-le-Street, but some                                                              Rail Rovers which are valid in 7 and 14 day variants in both Standard and First Class. Even making two first class
TransPennine andCross Country ones do, and you can spend an interesting
                                                                                                                                    round trips from Chester-le-Street to London in a week is cheaper with an All Line Rail Rover, prices as follows
few hours wandering this thriving market town on its heritage trail, and
                                                                                                                                    (from 17 May 2009):
visiting the Ankers House Museum where the anchorite was walled up for
life in the middle ages to a life of prayer and contemplation.
                                                                                                                                                           ADULT PRICES           CHILD PRICES (5-15)
For a stay nearby with real history at your door, try Lumley Castle on the                                                                                 7 day    14 day        7 day     14 day
eastern side of Chester-le-Street which was built in 1392 and is now a luxury                                                         First Class          £650     £990          £429      £653
hotel. Six miles south is Durham, where the Normans built a huge new                                                                  Standard Class       £430     £650          £284      £429
Cathedral to cement their hold on the northlands, and travel writer Bill
Bryson “unhesitatingly gave Durham my vote for best cathedral on planet                                                             Some further railcard discounts are available - ask Chester-le-Track for details.

                                                                                                                                    There is a range of regional Rover tickets around the country. To visit our area, the North East Rover is
                                                                                                                                    available in two forms: Flexi Rover: (4 days out of 8) £75 (£37.50 child) 7 Day Rover: £87 (£43.50 child) 34%
                                                                                                                                    discount for holders of Senior, Young Persons and Disabled Railcards. Valid after 08.45 Mondays to Fridays,
                  Spend a peaceful afternoon at the                                                                                 anytime weekends and bank holidays, in an area bounded by the coast south to Cleethorpes, Retford,
                  delightful Crook Hall and gardens                                                                                 Sheffield, Huddersfield, Halifax, Bradford, Settle, Carlisle and Berwick.
                     Photo: County Durham Tourism
                                         Partnership
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SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND (Carrick & Wigtownshire)                                                                                     FIFE

                                           The railway line from Ayr to                                                          The ancient Kingdom of Fife lies between Edinburgh and Dundee and is
                                           Stranraer is arguably Scotland’s        TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES                   linked to the two cities by two recognisable railway landmarks - the Forth       TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
                                           hidden secret since the South West      Ayr Tourist Information Centre                and Tay Bridges. Fife is an area of great variety with attractive villages,      Anstruther (summer only)
                                           of Scotland is often by-passed in a     (open all year)                               sandy beaches, open countryside and a rich historic heritage. Fife has 19        T: 01333 311073
                                           rush to get to the more illustrious     22 Sandgate, Ayr KA7 1BW                      railway stations served by 3 routes: the Fife Circle, which serves south Fife;   Crail (summer only) T: 01333 450869
                                           Highlands. Yet this railway line is     T: 01292 290300                                                                                                                Dunfermline (all year) T: 01383 720999
                                                                                                                                 the Inverness Line, serving south and central Fife and the East Coast
                                           full of hidden treasures with views     Stranraer Tourist Information                                                                                                  Kirkcaldy (all year) T: 01592 267775
                                                                                                                                 Mainline running between England, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen. Hop
                                           of the Southern Uplands, three          Centre (open all year)                                                                                                         St Andrews (all year) T: 01334 472021
                                           Kingdoms – Ireland, Man and                                                           off at the following stations for just some of the great days out you can
                                                                                   28 Harbour Street, Stranraer
                                           Scotland - and two of Scotland’s                                                      have by train in Fife:
                                                                                   DG9 7RA T: 01776 702595                                                                                                        WEBSITES
                                           most prominent islands, Ailsa           TRAIN OPERATOR
                                                                                                                                 North Queensferry - stunning views of the famous Forth Bridge and a visit to     www.airdirect747.com
                                           Craig and Arran.                        First ScotRail 0845 601 5929
                                                                                                                                 Deep Sea World, Britain’s first World Class Aquarium.                            www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Burns Cottage, Ayr R.G.Carr                                                        scotrailcustomer.relations@                                                                                                    www.fifecoastalpath.com
                                           Linking Ayr, the birthplace of
                                           Scotland’s national bard, Robert        firstgroup.com                                                                                                                 www.fife-cycleways.co.uk
                                                                                                                                 Dunfermline Town - historic Dunfermline with its Palace and Abbey, burial
                                           Burns, to the bustling harbour of       CRP & LINE DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                         www.fifedirect.org.uk
                                                                                                                                 place of King Robert the Bruce.                                                  www.nationalexpresseastcoast.co.uk
                                           Stranraer you will travel through       SAYLSA
                                           some of Scotland’s most varied and      tel: 01465 714665                                                                                                              www.plusbus.info
                                                                                                                                 Aberdour - Visit the Silver Sands beach (European Blue Flag holder) and          www.scotrail.co.uk
                                           picturesque scenery. From the           mob: 07977 139447
                                                                                                                                 Aberdour Castle.                                                                 www.travelinescotland.com
                                           coastal towns of Ayr and Girvan,        Stranraer Ayr Line Support
                                           through the woods that lie be-          Association (SAYLSA)                                                                                                           www.visitfife.com
                                           tween Maybole and Dailly to the         Girvan station                                Leuchars - Leuchars is the nearest station for St Andrews and has excellent      www.welcometofife.com
                                           panoramic climb up Dow Hill to          Vicarton Street                               bus links with the town. Buy a ‘St Andrews Railbus ticket’ for through travel    www.one-ticket.co.uk
                                           Pinmore with unparalleled views                                                       by train and bus to the enchanting, picturesque ‘home of golf.’                  www.traveltotheopen.com
                                                                                   GIRVAN KA26 9JF
                                           of the Firth of Clyde this line will    www.saylsa.co.uk
                                           not disappoint. Down the valley         saylsa@tiscali.co.uk                          Going to The Open Golf Championship at St Andrews in July 2010? Buy a
Crossraguel Abbey, Maybole R.G. Carr
                                           of the Assel, through the village                                                     GOLFLINK ticket for combined rail and bus travel to The Old Course. Visit
                                           of Pinwherry, which sits astride the                                                  www.traveltotheopen.com for more details.
                                           Water of Assel and Duisk River to       Stranraer
                                           the forests at Barrhill you will have   An attractive town with narrow
                                                                                   winding streets, Stranraer was home           Why not walk some (or all!) of the 81-mile Fife Coastal Path, which hugs the
                                           superb views of South West Scot-
                                                                                   to Sir John Ross the famous Arctic            coast between the Forth and Tay Bridges? The path is easily accessible from
                                           land. Over the Moors at Chirmorie
                                           to the Swan’s Neck then following       Explorer who lived in the North               the following stations: North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay,
                                           the valley of the Water of Luce         West Castle, now a hotel. The town’s          Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy and Leuchars. See the Useful
                                           and past the ancient remains of         origins date back nearly 500 years to         Websites section for more information.
                                           Glenluce Abbey to the historic          the construction of the Castle of St                                                                                           Forth Bridge Photo: Fife Council
                                           ferry port of Stranraer this railway    John in 1511. It was a headquarters           See the Useful Websites section for more details on...
                                           is a line of contrasts.                 of Graham of Claverhouse, who was
                                                                                   responsible for
                                                                                                                                 Bikes - Thinking of taking your bike on the train? Fife has
Girvan with Arran behind M.Taylor          Ayr                                     suppressing the
                                                                                   Covernanters in the                           a superb network of signed cycleways.
                                           Ayr is Scotland’s archetypal seaside
                                           town with miles of golden sand,         17th century. The                To Glasgow

                                                                                   Stranraer Museum                              Planes - Flying to Edinburgh? Use the airdirect 747 bus link
                                           parks, a bustling regional shopping
                                                                                   housed in the                                 from the airport to Inverkeithing Station for easy access to
                                           centre and a racecourse that is                                   AYR
                                                                                   town’s historic Old                           Fife and the north by train.
                                           home to the Scottish Grand
                                                                                   Town Hall contains
                                           National. Dating from the early
                                                                                   displays on                                   Integrated Tickets
                                           13th century, the town was the
                                                                                   Wigtownshire’s                                PlusBus tickets are available for Dunfermline Town,
                                           birthplace of Robert Burns,                                      Maybole
                                                                                   historic past.
                                           Scotland’s national bard 1759 The                                                     Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy. A St Andrews Railbus Ticket
                                           cottage where Burns was born has                                                      is available for through train/bus travel between Leuchars
                                           been fully restored and nearby is                                                                                Station and St Andrews.
                                           the Burns National Heritage Park.
                                                                                                           Girvan
Portpatrick A. Firth                                                                                                                                      Station Facilities - Visit the ‘Train
Girvan                                                                                                                                                    Information’ page on
The largest town between Stranraer and Ayr, Girvan’s history is built upon its                                                                            www.fifedirect.org.uk for more
harbour and agriculture. Dominated by the West/North Kirk, the centre of                                                                                  details.
the town lies around Stumpy Tower formerly a gaol and town hall, which was
                                                                                                    Barrhill
ravaged by fire in 1939. Once a popular tourist destination, the town hosts                                                                               By ticking ‘Fife’ on the
a picturesque harbour. Manufacturing is the largest employer however with                                                                                 return form, Fife Council will
chemical, chocolate and whisky production carried on here.
                                                                                                                                                          send you a free copy of its new
Leaving Girvan you climb one of the steepest sections of railway in the                                                                                   ‘Getting Around Fife’ travel map.
UK and get one of the best views into the bargain, overlooking the Firth
of Clyde and the 1114ft (339m) Ailsa Craig 10 miles off shore. It is now a
seabird sanctuary, but is famous for its granite from which curling stones are
                                                                                        STRANRAER


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     Fifty Words Could WIN You £50.00 worth of M&S Vouchers!!
     Tell us in no more than fifty words why you believe travelling through the British
        countryside by train is one of the best ways to see and enjoy Scenic Britain.

       Our panel of independent judges will select what they consider to be the most
      succinct and descriptive entry and we will send the winner M&S vouchers worth
    £50.00. Who knows, the winner may also see their words in next year’s publication -
                                   complete with credits!

Last entry deadline: March 1011

My fifty words are:




Name:

Address:



Post Code                     Tel:                          Email

This competition is not open to any employee or family member of any organisation

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listed in this publication, nor any rail, travel or tourist organisation within the UK.


                        SCENIC BRITAIN by train
                                  FURTHER INFORMATION
     If you require information from more than one place, please encircle the numbers
     which interest you. We will forward your enquiry to the organisations concerned.

(Please note that we cannot guarantee to forward your enquiry after 30th April 2011,
                           though this is usually possible)

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