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From glorious coastal walks, to moorland wilderness to historic cities, the counties of Cornwall and Devon in England’s South West are ‘must visits’ on your next trip to the UK.
It’s easy by train – just sit back and enjoy the views.
London Heathrow has fast, direct trains to London Paddington station, where you can catch an onward train to Devon and Cornwall, travelling standard or First Class. Approximate journey times from Heathrow as little as:
You can also take the train from London Gatwick airport.
Enjoy the views of the English countryside before hugging the Devon coast as you pass the seaside town of Dawlish:
Next up, cross into Cornwall on the Royal Albert Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1859. Take in the scenery from 100ft above the River Tamar.
St Ives is one of the most picturesque destinations in Cornwall. Best known for its beautiful sandy beaches, harbour and art galleries.
Visit one of Devon and Cornwall’s hidden gems. Take the scenic Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock and explore this riverside village with its great pubs and woodland walk to the historic Cotehele House.
Discover Dartmoor’s rugged peaks, lush woodlands, rivers and waterfalls. Enjoy fantastic walks right from Okehampton station, or hire a bike on-site and ride the Granite Way to the village of Lydford.
A beautiful seaside town in South East Cornwall, Looe is known for its narrow streets, harbour, safe beaches and scenic coastal walks.
(via bus from Honitor and Axminster stations)
Visit the charming seaside towns of the Jurassic Coast in East Devon and West Dorset. Take a fossil hunting walk from Lyme Regis Museum, built on the site of Mary Anning’s birthplace, ride the heritage Seaton Tramway, or hit the beach to admire the glorious red cliffs.
Buy tickets from the comfort of home (for long distance journeys book up to 12 weeks in advance for the best fares).
Tickets for local journeys within Devon and Cornwall can be bought on the day and are great value (such as Exeter to Okehampton, £8 Off-Peak Day Return).
Another fantastic option for travel to/from London is GWR’s Night Riviera Sleeper.