In line with a general trend to becoming more ‘green’, we are now starting a new series on Green Travel suggestions.

Here is our selection of some of the most spectacular rail journeys around UK. Best about these is that you don’t need to go anywhere to enjoy beautiful sights, just sit back and enjoy!



Northern Belle

The best way to enjoy the British countryside is by hopping on the Northern Belle, which aims to recreate the feel of travel as it was in the 1930s. The “Grand Tour” follows a circular route north via York, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands before returning south via Chester, Snowdonia and Bath.


Settle & Carlisle offers some of the finest British scenery as the train weaves between peaks and  moorlands. Trains from Leeds thread through the Aire Valley to enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park, just north of Settle. There are great walks from each of the ten stations where the train stops.


Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland

These are two impressive routes through the mountains of Snowdonia, to Blaenau Ffestiniog and Caernarfon respectively.  If you’re a fan of waterpools, Ffestiniog is the one to choose as one of the glorious views it offers is when it spirals above the waters of the Tanygrisiau Reservoir.

This journey travels all the way from Inverness to Britain’s most northerly town, Thurso. To get a feel of the most spectacular Scottish views, these 4 hours will surely leave you breathless. You might even spot a deer in the winter!
After leaving the city, you hug the banks of Loch ­Lomond, then speed through a drama of ­waterfalls, castle ruins and mountain flanks. Later Ben Nevis rears over the line ­before you sweep across a 100ft high viaduct given new fame by its appearance in several Harry Potter films. A magical journey!
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