Best train journeys for bears who like to travel

Monday 09 October 2017

Named after London’s Paddington Station, everyone’s favourite bear from darkest Peru is back with more adventures. And, what better way to join in the fun with your own railway journey, perfect for bears who love to travel. Grab your marmalade sandwiches and your best hat, and see some of the best views Britain has to offer, all by train of course.  

Experience the golden age of travel aboard Belmond British Pullman

Belmond British Pullman Interior where you can enjoy a Paddington afternoon tea

Step back in time onboard Belmond British Pullman, sister to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, into the glamour of 1920s luxury travel as you glide through Kent’s countryside. Expect fine-dining, beautiful vintage carriages, starched white linen tablecloths, sparkling cut glassware and stewards dressed in livery who attend to your every need. And, in the spirit of Paddington, the Belmond British Pullman will be hosting a Paddington Afternoon Tea perfect for bear cubs and grown-up bears alike. Tuck into an Afternoon Tea filled with some of Paddington’s favourite treats whilst enjoying entertainment for all ages.

Take in Devon’s stunning coast by train

View of Torquay harbour at dusk c.VisitEngland, English Riviera
View of Torquay harbour at dusk. Image credited to VisitEngland and English Riviera

It's not just specialist train companies which offer memorable rail trips - some stretches of Britain’s train lines offer wonderful views, all for the price of a standard train ticket. The 'Riviera Line' runs from Exeter Central to Paignton in south-west England, running along the coast for more than 20 miles with wonderful sea views - on some stretches the sea is literally right beside the track. The route takes in some of Devon's prettiest seaside resorts, including Torquay. Perfect scenery for enjoying tea and marmalade sandwiches! 

Board the Royal Scotsman and see Scotland in style

Scotland boasts some of the most varied and beautiful landscapes in Britain, with towering mountains, shimmering lochs and vast swathes of untouched countryside. Travelling by train is one of the best ways to discover Scotland's majestic beauty, and Belmond Royal Scotsman, which accommodates just 40 guests, offers two to seven-night journeys, with excursions including world-famous whisky distilleries and historic sites and castles. Journeys begin and end in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, which has its own international airport.

Ride the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway in North Wales 

Steam Train, Ffestiniog Railway, Gwynedd, Wales. ©VisitBritain Britain on View
The Ffestiniog Railway in Gwynedd, Wales. ©VisitBritain, Britain on View

The world's oldest narrow gauge railway with almost 200 years of history, the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales is also one of the most scenic, climbing more than 700 feet on its 13.5-mile journey. The route runs from the harbour town of Porthmadog to the town of Bleinau Ffestiniog, travelling past crashing waterfalls, swathes of forest and slowly looping its way across mountain slopes. The journey lasts for 75 minutes and the three trains are the original locomotives - now 150 years old - with all the original carriages. Porthmadog is around 6 hours by train from London Euston.

Enjoy one of the most beautiful train journeys in Britain, Glasgow 

Loch Katrine seen from the summit of Ben A'an in The Trossachs - ©VisitBritain, VisitScotland
Loch Katrine seen from the summit of Ben A'an in The Trossachs. Image credite to ©VisitBritain, VisitScotland

Heralded as one of the most beautiful train journeys in Britain, the trip from Glasgow to Mallaig takes you through the wild splendour of Scotland’s west coast. On your journey you’ll pass through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, then Britain’s highest altitude train station in Corrour, as well as passing north of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain peak. The spectacular views don’t end once you arrive in Maillag, as in the distance you’ll be able to spot the Isle of Skye, used as ‘Giants Country’ in the filming of Disney’s The BFG.

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