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FRIDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY 2011
UK Steam Railways


Steam train - flickr - abstract_effects

All aboard! High speed trains are all well and good, but when you're on holiday, you've got the time to take things at a leisurely pace. Choose from one of our self-catering holidays then step back in time and visit one of the UK's many steam railways. So go on, sit back and enjoy the ride!

Snowdon Mountain Railway (North Wales)
No round-up of UK steam trains would be complete without the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Choose from our North Wales cottages and discover Snowdonia by steam train. If the thought of climbing Mount Snowdon by foot is too much, let the train take the strain. The Snowdon Mountain Railway winds its way up over 1,000m to the summit of the majestic Mount Snowdon, passing through spectacular scenery. Hop aboard at Llanberis and you'll see waterfalls, viaducts, forests, boulders and volcanic rock face on your journey skywards to the Hafod Eryri visitor centre at the summit. Choose a clear day and Snowdonia isn't all you'll see - if the weather's on your side, you may be able to spot the Isle of Man and Ireland's Wicklow Mountains. Be sure to check the railway's website before you leave though - snow and other weather conditions may affect how far up the mountain you can go by train.

http://www.snowdonrailway.co.uk/ (cottages in snowdonia)


The Strathspey Steam Railway
(Scottish Highlands)

Have a Highland fling when you next take your holidays in Scotland. Relive days gone by with a 20 mile round trip through the heart of Scotland. You'll start your journey at Aviemore and if you time it right you can even partake in afternoon tea as you chug along the River Spey and through moorlands. Tuck into scones, sandwiches and cakes while the Cairngorm Mountains provide a unique backdrop on your journey to Broomhill Station (which passengers may recognise as Glenbogle Station from Monarch of the Glen). The railway holds special events throughout the year - younger passengers will enjoy the Teddy Bears' Weekend at the end of May and the Wizard Weekend in October, not to mention the festive services when Santa, complete with gifts, will make a special appearance or two.

http://www.strathspeyrailway.net/ (cottages near Aviemore)


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Take a trip on the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway where nostalgia is the name of the game. Be transported back to a bygone era on your Isle of Wight holidays; leave your car at Havenstreet station and take a trip to the past.  You'll see staff kitted out in traditional uniforms and hear the hissing and puffing of the steam engine while you relax in restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, which date back to 1864.  Passengers can hop on and off along the five mile route, so pack a picnic and make a day of it. Enthusiasts can go the whole hog and delve further into the railway's history in its fascinating museum.  Operating times on this British Heritage Railway vary throughout the year, with daily services beginning in June, so view the timetables on the railway's website when planning your trip.

http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/ (Isle of Wight Cottages)


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (Lake District)

This is one for wildlife lovers renting one of our Lake District cottages. Watch closely during the seven mile journey from the coastal village of Ravenglass and you might spot oyster catchers and ringed plovers on Barrow Marsh, red squirrels, Saddleback pigs, Herdwick sheep, deer and buzzards. The railway wends its way through the Lake District National Park to the foot of Eskdale, England's highest mountain. You'll escape all signs of modern life along the way, passing deep through valleys and woods. There are several request stops along the way, where you can alight and continue your journey by foot if you wish.

http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk/ (holiday homes in the Lake District)


Brecon Mountain Railway (mid-Wales)

Wales isn't short of steam railways, and this is another gem. Make your way to Pant station and journey through the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park along the Taf Fechan Reservoir to Dol-y-Gaer. Take your seat in one of the observation carriages pulled by vintage steam locomotives along the formerly abandoned Brecon and Merthyr line. Don't forget your camera as you're sure to want a record of your trip, combining lake, mountain and forest scenery. Check out the railway's website for the timetable and details of special events throughout the year.

http://www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk/ (cottages in Wales)

 

POSTED BY: RACHAEL
AT 15:54

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