Many railway lines pass right through the heart of the countryside, giving you unrivalled views before you’ve even got your boots muddy. Whether you get off at a busy station or an isolated outpost, you’ll arrive raring to go after a relaxing journey.
There are even lines where, dare we say it, the journey is better than the walk. Particular highlights in the UK are the Settle–Carlisle line through the Yorkshire Dales, or Scotland's West Highland Railway. OK, as good as the walk, not better. Nothing's better.
If you’re carrying a mobile with you, it’s also useful to keep a note of the Traveline phone number – 0871 200 2233. They can provide you with updated travel information should your plans change. Their lines are open from 8am to 8pm most days. And if you really have missed the last train, TrainTaxi has a list of taxi companies near each station (worth noting a couple down before you set off!)
Top tips for going for a walk by train
- Shop around for tickets in advance – there are often limited special fares available - and if you're travelling with 3 or more companions, don't forget to ask about group discounts, too. Read our Top Tips for Cheaper Train Travel.
- Some remote stations are request stops – check beforehand and let the guard know if you want to stop there.
- Check the timetable before you head off for your walk – some train routes vary with the seasons.
- You can use two nearby stations to make your own linear car-free walk – just pick your own path between them.
- Heading for some European car-free walking? The Man in Seat 61 will help you get there plane-free.
So book your ticket, buy a coffee, and set forth on the iron road!
Walks from the railways
Many railways have their own walking programmes running from their stations. As well as the routes on this website, you may want to check out walks from stations in the following regions: