5 of Britain’s most beautiful rail routes
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Ditch Ryanair and choose the classic British railway to fulfil your wanderlust fantasies in 2018. Here are the best routes to explore to learn a lot more about Britain, and have an easy, laid-back holiday in some of the most underrated destinations in the UK. 1. The Heart of Wales This 121 mile-long railway line weaves in and out of the nooks and crannies of the Welsh countryside. Starting in Craven Arms, the line meanders past the Loughor estuary, dancing around the serene river Tywi and the harsh, remote borderlands of the English Marches. You’ll pass pretty little market towns, rolling countryside and the standout feature: the recently upgraded 150-year old Cynghordy Viaduct. Keep your eyes open on this trip, and soak up the greenery all the way into Swansea. 2. South Devon Mainline Travelling between Exeter and Penzance on the South Devon Mainline means travelling down one of the most photographed railway routes in the country. And for good reason. The line hugs the curves of the coastal sea wall through Dawlish Warren past Teignmouth, before turning back inland and following the River Teign through heavily wooded valleys. On this scenic route, you’ll pass historic market towns, lush green countryside, brilliant beaches and busy cities. Turning into the Cornish Mainline, the South Devon Mainline can drop you right on the doorstep of the magical festival Looe, which takes place at the end of September and features fantastic theatre performances and plenty of local produce. 3. West Highland Line
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