There’s nothing quite like a nostalgic train journey as you’re whisked through some of the country’s most exquisite rolling countryside, past picturesque villages, sleepy unseen corners or mountainous landscapes. Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or simply want a day trip covering beautiful parts of the UK, you can take your pick from traversing to the rooftop of Wales, to a steam train journey on the North York Moors Railway…
Nene Valley Railway and Peterborough Garden Park – Wednesday 14th June
Why not step back in time for a return trip from Wansford Station. Running for 7.5 miles through the 500-acre Ferry Meadows Country Park into Peterborough and return, it’s a living heritage railway tended by volunteers to offer a place to learn about the railway’s history and see the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area. We also visit Peterborough Garden Park, home to garden and lifestyle shopping. Van Hage, the premier garden centre, is also located here and boasts innovative products and complementary lifestyle departments.
Snowdon Mountain Railway – Wednesday 28th June
For a unique journey, experience the only cog railway in the country. Reputed to be a journey of a lifetime and boasting majestic views you’re unlikely to forget, this train journey to the summit of Snowdon is operated by a traditional diesel service aboard a contemporary carriage. There will be a stop of 30 minutes where the award-winning Snowdon Summit Visitors Centre is located before returning to Llanberis station. Please note that as the weather on Snowdon is very unpredictable and can change very quickly, trains cannot proceed all the way to the summit if weather conditions become severe. In such cases trains will terminate at Rocky Valley which is 5/8th of the way up Snowdon.
Pickering and The North York Moors Railway – Sunday 2nd July
How about a steam train journey on the famous North York Moors Railway, one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences? After exploring the historic market town of Pickering, home to plenty of independent shops and tea rooms, travel on a steam train journey from here to Grosmont, evoking memories of a bygone era through exhilarating countryside.
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