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Top 10 Recommended Railway Journeys in South West England

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Railway Journeys in South West England
With, arguably, the most beautiful stretch of railway in the UK, South West England is great for railway journeys. Browse our 'Top 10 Recommended Railway Jounrneys in South West England' to discover steam train rides and cliff railways, modern train lines and historically impressive railway features. We'd also suggest you check out our other 'Top 10' lists for further South West travel inspiration. By James Penman.

Swanage Steam Train

'Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway' on the Isle of Purbeck. Passes the exceptional Corfe Castle.

Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway

Runs seven miles from 'Paignton along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and on through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart estuary to Kingswear'.

East Somerset Railway

Five mile round trip on a steam train in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

St Ives Bay Line, Cornwall

One of the UK's most picturesque train lines running along the southern section of the magnificent St Ives Bay.

The Devon Line

Many argue that this is the most beautiful stretch of railway line in the country. Viewed here from the South West Coast Path above Shaldon.

Babbacombe Cliff Railway, Devon

Railway running from Babbacombe Downs and Gardens to Oddicombe Beach. The views here are wonderful.

Tamar Valley Line

Runs through one the UK's most exquisite wooded Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Cornwall and Devon border.

Steam trains running from Buckfastleigh to Totnes on the eastern fringe of Dartmoor National Park.

Looe Valley Line

Runs along the valley of the East Looe River and ends, or starts, at the very popular holiday destination of Looe.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Popular local attraction running between Lynton (above) and Lynmouth (below). Views of Exmoor National Park coastline are top.