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Coastal Railways of the UK

The coasts of the British Isles  are widely regarded as some of the most magnificent natural landscapes in Europe. 

Britain's Coastal Railways

The UK's most beautiful coastal railways

Join actor Julie Walters as she explores the length of Britain's glorious coastline by rail. In her newest series follow her on her journey and discover the different British cultures that cluster around the coast - from rail workers themselves to those that live in the villages, towns, and cities en route.

Episode 1 is set in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, travel along the stunning West Highland Line, one of the most picturesque railways in the world. This line is also a filming location for the 'Harry Potter' movie series as the line on which the 'Hogwarts Express' travels - a film series Julie Walters starred in. Discover the hidden nooks of the highlands, including the Arisaig Estate, which used to be a training centre for the secret service in World War II, and venture on to the Isle of Skye, and the quaint little village of Duirinish. Read more below...

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South Devon & The Dawlish Coast

Experience the English Riviera at its very best aboard two heritage railways, a river cruise and a journey along the Dawlish Coast by rail. Torquay provides the perfect base, set among seven green hills and famous for its grand Victorian villas and terraces gazing out to sea.

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5 days from £495 pp

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Highland Adventure

Breathtaking scenery and fantastic journeys by mainline and steam railways; this tour takes in the very best of northern Scotland from our base in Inverness - the gateway to your Highland adventure.

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5 days from £710 pp

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Northern England's Industrial Revolution

Delve into the north of England's past as an industrial powerhouse and understand the mechanisms behind its emergence during the Industrial Revolution. We see Saltaire, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Beamish - as we paint a picture of England's steam-powered past.

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6 days from £895 pp

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A Castle On The Shores Of Loch Fyne

Set in idyllic, undiscovered surroundings overlooking picturesque Loch Fyne, a 19th century Baronial Castle awaits you on this magnificent tour. Cruise the open waters to the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, explore nearby Oban and Inveraray.

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7 days from £940 pp

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Yorkshire & Northumberland

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and the glorious Alnwick Gardens.

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8 days from £945 pp

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Coastal Cornwall & its Captivating Gardens

Discover the very best of Cornwall as we explore this beguiling county. From our base in picturesque Falmouth, we encounter Cornwall's charming harbours and fabled Land's End, we discover the enthralling Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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6 days from £945 pp

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In the weeks to come, Julie also explores the East Coast line, which runs from Newcastle to Edinburgh, taking you through the breathtaking Northumberland coastline and its wild and windswept hills and cliffs as it flows through to the lowlands of Scotland. This line also runs over the Royal Border Bridge - an incredible brickwork viaduct that is just the epitome of 19th century railway engineering.

She also visits the Royal National Lifeguard Institute, before venturing forth on a nostalgic steam railway, in the gorgeous verdancy of the Devon and Cornwall scenery. A favoured line in this area is the line from St. Erth to St. Ives, which skirts along wonderful Carbis Bay - an idyllic and pristine sandy beach that is framed by an azure sea that looks rather out of place in England!

The final destination is Wales, on both the Cambrian Coast and the North Wales Coast Line. Welsh railways are amongst the oldest in the world, thanks to Wales' growth boom in the industrial age. The Talyllyn Railway is also a definite highlight of this episode - after all, it is the line that inspired the iconic children's book, Thomas the Tank Engine.

If Julie Walters' coastal adventures have inspired you to take one of your own, have a look at our range of UK holidays below.  

The new Channel 4 series is aired on Sunday nights at 8pm from 26 November 2017.

In episode 2 Julie travels from Newcastle to Edinburgh, via the coastal town of Alnmouth. Episode 3 covers Cornwall and Devon, and in episode 4, Julie travels from Cardigan Bay in Wales to Liverpool.

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