24th February, 2023

5 great local day trips by train in 2023

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With so many amazing places to explore in Devon and Cornwall (especially before the crowds descend), here are five of our favourites for 2023:


Take the scenic Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock in just 30 minutes and explore this riverside village with its great pubs and woodland walk to the historic Cotehele National Trust.

The train journey: Enjoy the rolling countryside, sleepy villages and tranquil river crossings – especially as you pass over the 120-ft high Calstock Viaduct.

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A real gem of South East Cornwall, Looe is well known for its narrow streets, harbour, safe beaches and scenic coastal walks.

The train journey: The 30-minute trip on the Looe Valley Line winds its way through the wooded valley until the views open out over the estuary, great for spotting local bird life.

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Discover Dartmoor’s rugged peaks, lush woodlands, rivers and waterfalls. Enjoy fantastic walks right from Okehampton station, or hire a bike opposite the station and ride the Granite Way to the village of Lydford.

The train journey: The Dartmoor Line reopened in November 2021 after nearly 50 years, connecting Okehampton, at the north tip of Dartmoor National Park, with Crediton and Exeter.

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Hectic in the summer, beat the crowds and head to St Ives in the off-season to visit its beautiful sandy beaches, harbour and art galleries.

The train journey: The views on the 12-minute ride from St Erth to St Ives are fabulous as the train hugs the coast. Often described as one of the UK’s most scenic branch lines.

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(via bus from Honitor and Axminster stations)

Visit the charming seaside towns of the Jurassic Coast in East Devon and West Dorset. Ride the heritage Seaton Tramway, take a fossil hunting walk from Lyme Regis Museum, built on the site of Mary Anning’s birthplace, or simply hit the beach to admire the glorious red cliffs.

The train journey: Take the train from London Waterloo to Axminster and Honiton stations, where buses depart right outside the station to the Jurassic Coast.

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Off-Peak Day Return tickets for local journeys within Devon and Cornwall can be bought on the day and are great value (such as Exeter to Okehampton for £8.00). 5-15 year-olds travel half-price, and under 5s ride free.

Even better, if you live locally you can get a third off many Off-Peak fares for you and a friend (with kids travelling for just £1) with a Devon & Cornwall Railcard – just £12 a year for local residents.

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