Lines to explore


From rolling countryside to seaside views, Devon’s railways offer a real taste of the West Country.

The Tarka Line

Exeter to Barnstaple

The scenic Tarka Line follows the gentle river valleys of the Yeo and Taw, taking in rolling countryside, small villages and farms. Look out for herons stalking the river shallows, buzzards overhead or deer in the nearby woodlands. Read more.

The Riviera Line

Exeter to Paignton

Take a trip on one of England’s best-loved stretches of railway. Departing from Exeter city centre, the train hugs the Exe Estuary and the coast, offering amazing views. It calls at seaside beauty spots like Dawlish and Teignmouth, and onwards to the glorious English Riviera. Read more.

The Tamar Valley Line

Plymouth to Gunnislake

Explore the Tamar Valley, and become immersed in the views of this beautiful area. Rolling green fields with cows and sheep peacefully grazing, sleepy villages and beautiful river crossings. The highlight of the journey is when the train crosses the historic Calstock viaduct. Read more.

The Avocet Line

Exeter to Exmouth

The Avocet Line runs along the eastern side of the Exe Estuary from the cathedral city of Exeter to the seaside resort of Exmouth. Stop off at Topsham for its fine local museum, shops, restaurants and quayside antiques centre. Read more.


Glorious beaches, estuaries, wooded valleys – soak up the views on your way to favourite coastal destinations.

The St Ives Bay Line

St Erth to St Ives

The view from the train window are spectacular as the line sweeps along the coast, past the golden sands of Hayle Towans and Carbis Bay. On arrival in St Ives, hit the beach or explore independent shops and art galleries including Tate St Ives. Read more.

The Maritime Line

Truro to Falmouth

From the cathedral city of Truro – home to the Royal Cornwall Museum and Lemon Street’s splendid Georgian architecture – take the train to Falmouth and visit its excellent beaches, public gardens, picturesque shopping streets and magnificent natural harbour. Read more.

The Looe Valley Line

Liskeard to Looe

Take the train through winding wooded valleys, and at low tide, look out the window for wading birds on the river such as Litte egrets, Grey herons, Oystercatchers and Curlews. In Looe, visit the beach or explore the narrow streets full of lovely independent shops and pubs. Read more.

The Atlantic Coast Line

Par to Newquay

Ride through the beautiful wooded Luxulyan Valley, and on across Goss Moor with distant views of the white lunar landscape of the Cornish China Clay industry. Then enjoy the coastal resort of Newquay, acknowledged as one of the finest stretches of coastline in Europe. Read more.