Alight and enjoy Cornwall's most beautiful railway journeys!
One of the best ways to explore the county, Cornwall’s railways showcase some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the UK. Joining picture-perfect towns and weaving through amazing scenery painted with the tones of Cornwall’s seasons, this array of railway lines will fuel your imagination and leave you with voyages to cherish forever.
A 50-minute journey from Par station to Newquay, the romantically-dubbed Atlantic Coast Line plucks you from the verdant heart of Cornwall and thrusts you towards its glorious north coast. Journeying through the Luxulyan Valley and Goss Moor, your arrival at Newquay will be heralded with glimpses of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Hop off in the town and make the most of the area’s 11 beaches and abundant eateries, before heading home and putting your feet up in one of our luxury cottages in Padstow, less than 15 miles away.
Joining the ancient stannary town of Liskeard with the traditional fishing town of Looe, the Looe Valley Line rolls past a kaleidoscope of greens, disappearing amongst wooded valleys before following the flow of the cursive waters of the Looe River. Particularly appealing for wildlife lovers, the train’s proximity to the water and superb estuary views reward onlookers with sightings of wading birds.
Connecting the cobbled, boutique-lined streets of Truro with the salt-kissed, boho swathes of Famouth, the Maritime Line is one of Cornwall’s most popular railways. A short blast of 25-minutes, this journey is long enough for you to lose yourself to the views but short enough so that you don’t have to involve a whole day’s planning. Climb aboard at either end and enjoy the journey – and the destination.
You may have enjoyed some beautiful train rides in your time, but little will compare with the beauty of the St Ives Bay Line. Taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the country – nay, the world – this short but sweet railway journey starts at St Erth and follows the golden sands of Sand Ives Bay before arriving at St Ives itself. With services running twice an hour, seven days a week, we won’t blame you for wanting to enjoy this ride more than a few times.
Strictly not just belonging to Cornwall but also creeping into neighbouring Devon too, the Tamar Valley Line should still be on your list! With the whole journey taking around 45 minutes from start to finish, one of the highlights of the trip has to be crossing the towering Calstock Viaduct. 120ft high, the views from up here will take your breath away, giving you an incredible bird’s eye view of the river and surrounding countryside.