If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking to explore the beautiful landscapes of the UK, but don’t have access to a car, don’t worry! You can still enjoy some of the best hiking spots in the country by hopping on a train.
Not only is it convenient, but it also allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic journey before embarking on your outdoor adventure. In this guide, we’ll take you from train to terrain as we explore some of the best hiking spots in the UK that are easily accessible by train.
So grab your walking boots and get ready to explore!
Explore Peak District National Park by train
Regular bus links from Buxton Station can take you to parts of the Peak District, but you can walk there instead! Using the national rail journey planner, you can secure cheap tickets to the most convenient stations near the Peak District. A walk around the Buxton area will allow you to revel in the beautiful landscape view of the Peak District. Throughout the trip, there are a lot of fascinating places to visit, including Solomon’s Temple and the incredible Opera House. This walk will take around 3.5 hours.
Direct access to the magnificent Peak District landscape is also provided by the Hope Valley Line, which runs between Manchester and Sheffield and has stops in Grindleford, Hathersage, Bamford, Hope, and Edale.
Ribblehead Station to Ribblehead Viaduct
The Settle to Carlisle line, perhaps the most picturesque train route in all of England, passes through Ribblehead station. A walk around Ribblehead is a must if you are looking for a day trip with panoramic views and striking landscapes. This walk passes along the picturesque Ribblehead Viaduct, which is towered over by two of Yorkshire Three Peaks. This approximately 2-hour walk has got to be one of our favourites and is perfect for hopping on and off the train.
Knaresborough Station to Harrogate
Hop off the train at Knaresborough Station and embark on a wonderful 2-hour walk to Harrogate. This linear 4-mile route uses the National Cycle Network and public footpaths to take you from Knaresborough to the lively and welcoming town of Harrogate. It’s a fun walk with lots to see, including the fantastic Knaresborough Viaduct.
New Wye Valley trail
The 1-kilometre Tidenham Tunnel, views of the River Wye and its towering cliffs, and walking along the bridge into Tintern, where you’ll find cafes, bars, and abbey remains, are all highlights of the New Wye Valley trail. Chepstow Railway Station is less than a mile away from this amazing walk. Expect blissful views and a sense of adventure.
Broadway Tower, Cotswolds from Evesham Station
Broadway Tower, the second-highest point in the Cotswolds, offers breathtaking views of the English countryside. Evesham station provides a bus service with frequently running buses taking you into Broadway.
This four-mile walk, which starts in the quaint village of Broadway, will lead you through St. Eadburgha’s church and along the town’s renowned high street lined with quaint shops and charming cottages.