Michael Williams

Britain’s five best slow trains

April 25, 2010 The Independent

Settle and Carlisle railway: Drama abounds on this magnificent ride over the “roof of England”. A masterpiece of Victorian engineering, it includes the famous Ribblehead viaduct.

Cumbria Coast line: Britain’s best-kept railway secret. Sandwiched between the Lakeland fells and the Irish Sea, there are views to die for across Morecambe Bay and the Solway Firth.

St Erth to St Ives: The most scenic branch line in Europe, bathed in the hypnotic west Cornwall light that inspired Barbara Hepworth and a generation of artists.

Isle of Wight line: Half close your eyes and you could be at Leicester Square in the 1930s as 70-year-Tube trains provide a surreal commuter service for countryfolk between Ryde and Shanklin.

West Highland line: From Glasgow to Mallaig, through lochs, mountains and glens on the majestic “road to the isles”. Recently voted “the top rail journey in the world”.


April 25, 2010 The Independent

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