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Golden white sands and turquoise sea at St Ives harbour on a Devon & Cornwall rail tour

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Bath, Devon & Cornwall By Rail

A rail journey through the stunning coastal region of South West England

Journeying through Bath, Devon & Cornwall, this rail tour follows the iconic South West 660 route. Through sleepy fishing villages and bougie harbour towns, this is where coastal chic, adventure and artisan food go hand in hand

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Visit the famous Roman baths of Bath Spa and explore the popular coastal regions of Devon and Cornwall. With picturesque sandy coves and tiny fishing villages, this stunning corner of the UK is perfect for adventure seekers and foodies alike

10 days, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3 or 4-star guesthouses & hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Standard class train travel to each destination
  • Self-guided vineyard tour
  • Recommendations for all the best things to do / see / eat
  • Optional excursions to tailor your tour
  • Starts / ends in London for easy access
  • Handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips
  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland

Plus flexible booking terms as part of our Adventure Promise, including instalment payments to spread the cost of your adventure.

See the full itinerary in the tab above.

For adventurers who:

Are looking to explore South West England by rail with their partner, family or friends. This trip can be tailored to make it as rich in culture or as active as suits your individual needs

 

Day 1, Monday: Bath

Setting off from London Paddington, board the train to the ancient Roman spa town of Bath. Located in the valley of the River Avon, Somerset, the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Great Spa Towns of Europe.

Check into your boutique guesthouse before heading out for an evening meal at one of the town’s restaurants.

Optional activity: Stay in London

Arriving into London and want to begin with a few days exploring England’s capital? No worries, we can arrange your accommodation and suggest experiences away from the typical tourist trail. Simply let us know when you send an enquiry form with your preferred travel dates.
Price: on request

Day 2, Tuesday: Exeter

After breakfast it’s time to explore this historic town. Each day at 10.30am the Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides offer a free walking tour of the city, including the Royal Crescent and The Circus – it’s the perfect way to discover the city with a local guide. And of course no stay in Bath is complete without a visit to the famous Roman Baths and the famous thermal spring spas.

If literature is your thing, why not also visit the Jane Austen Centre, the novelist who made Bath her home in the early 19th Century.

Once done, it’s time to pick up the South West 660 route on Devon’s south coast with a train to Exeter, a vibrant university town with a grand cathedral at its heart. Enjoy your riverside hotel location or dine out in the relaxed ambiance of the restaurants surrounding the 15th Century cathedral

Day 3, Wednesday: Charlestown

Enjoy a wildlife walk along the River Exe this morning, or indulge in a little culture with a visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery and a browse around the city’s shops and 15th Century cathedral.

After a leisurely lunch it’s time to leave the city behind and continue your rail journey from Devon to Cornwall. Take the direct train to St Austell, from where it’s a short taxi ride to one of the South West 660’s most charming coastal villages, Charlestown.

Day 4, Thursday: Charlestown

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out to explore a section of the South West Coast Path. Take the local bus to Mevagissey to enjoy a 12km hike back to Charlestown along the coast, or choose a shorter circular walk to Porthpean and give yourself time to relax in this beautiful corner of the world. With harbourside eateries where you can watch the world sail by and lost treasure to discover at the Shipwreck Museum, this small town has a lot to offer.

Optional activity: Brewery Tour & Tasting

Head back to St Austell for a 2 hour brewery tour & tasting at the St Austell Brewery
Price: £28 per person

Day 5, Friday: St Ives

Pack your bags this morning, it’s time to head to the north coast of Cornwall. With a quick change at St Erth, this final stretch of line takes just 10 minutes but you’ll be spoiled with spectacular seaside scenery! (Psst… sit on the right hand side for the best views)

St Ives is a beautiful seaside town with much to explore! Venture out on the narrow cobbled streets to sample the local art scene and enjoy fresh seafood. Head to the ‘Downalong’, a labyrinth of small narrow cobbled streets, to discover more galleries, cafes and little shops than you can shake a stick at!

Check in to your comfortable guesthouse and enjoy a relaxed evening in St Ives.

Day 6, Saturday: St Ives

Fill up with a delicious breakfast before setting out for a day of adventure. With so many walks to enjoy from St Ives, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Or why not take to the clear blue water with a wildlife boat trip, surf lesson or stand up paddleboard experience

Optional activity: Wildlife Boat Trip

Enjoy a 1 hour sea safari to explore this beautiful stretch of coastline from the water. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, both Common and Bottlenose dolphins, as well as a wide array of sea birds and even the occasional shark or whale!
Price: £40 per person

Optional activity: Surf or Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

Cornwall’s north coast is famed for its surfing and watersports, so pull on a wetsuit and dive on in!
Price: on request

Day 7, Sunday: St Ives

Enjoy your final day in this beautiful town, continuing to explore the maze of tiny streets and independent businesses. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a full day’s tour of the region with a private driver-guide. Our local partner will indulge you with sights and stories that only a local would know – it’s the perfect way to see the real Cornwall.

Optional activity: Private driver-guided tour

Join our local guide for a tour of the region, including the village of St Ages, Perranporth, Bedruthan Steps and Porthcothan Bay.
Price: on request

Day 8, Monday: Penzance

After breakfast it’s time to pack your bags and continue west. Hop on the train to travel through stunning scenery from St Ives to Penzance, a historic town on the far south west coast of England.

There’s plenty to learn about Cornwall’s past through the rich history you’ll find along the streets of Penzance, from its fishing heritage to the smugglers and pirates of these Cornish waters. The Art Deco open-air Jubilee Pool is great for a refreshing dip and the street food vendors on the promenade offer alfresco dining alternative to the many restaurants in town.

Relax into your local guesthouse, your home for the next two nights.

Day 9, Tuesday: Penzance

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the area before enjoying a short walk to the edge of town where you’ll find the Polgoon Vineyard & Orchard. Here you can explore the vines and fruit trees on a self-guided tour of this family-run estate, as well as the well-stocked shop brimming with locally-produced artisan food and drinks. In the unlikely event you were short on ideas for gifts and mementos to take home, this place will more than cover you!

After your tour, why not treat yourself to lunch on the vineyard’s covered terrace. With delicious wood-fired pizzas and local charcuterie to enjoy, accompanied by a tasting flight board of Polgoon’s own wine, it’s the perfect way to spend your final afternoon in South West England.

Day 10, Wednesday: Depart

This morning it’s time to wave goodbye to England’s beautiful south west. Head to the station for the final train of your rail journey back to London.

Optional activity: Extend your stay in London

Make the most of your return to the capital and extend your break with an extra night or two in London. Simply let us know when you submit your preferred dates and we will help plan your city stay
Price: on request

What’s included

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3 & 4-star guesthouses & hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • Standard class train travel to each destination
  • Self-guided vineyard tour
  • Recommendations for all the best things to do / see / eat
  • Optional excursions to tailor your tour
  • Start / end in London for easy acces
  • Handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips
  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland

Optional activities

Even more ways to take your adventure to the next level! Simply let us know which experiences you’re interested in when you send your date enquiry through:

 

  • Enjoy a 2 hour tour and tasting at the region’s famous St Austell brewery
  • Enjoy a 1 hour wildlife sea safari to Seal Island
  • Take a private driver-guided tour of Cornwall to discover the highlights and the hidden gems with your local guide
  • Extend your travels with a stay in London before or after your tour of South West England

What you need to bring

  • Appropriate clothing for south England during your season of travel (kit list will be provided)
  • Any specific kit for your chosen optional experiences
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Day backpack for carrying snacks / water / suncream etc

What you need to know

  • Dates are booked to suit you – please use the enquiry form to request availability of your preferred dates, beginning on a Monday
  • This is your adventure and you’re in control – if you’d like any additional experiences or an extended stay, simply let us know when you submit your enquiry
  • We’ll manage all the bookings and arrangements to make your experience perfect
  • Suitable for families
  • Enjoy the reassurance of flexible booking terms, part of our Adventure Promise
  • Spread the cost of your adventure with instalment payments
  • Check in is from 15:00 on your arrival day

Getting Here

By Air

  • The closest international airport to the rail tour start point in London Heathrow Airport
  • It is approximately a 25 minute rail journey from Heathrow Airport to London Paddington from where the train to Bath departs
  • Your journey ends back in London from where you can take a connecting train to Heathrow Airport

By Rail

  • The tour begins and ends at London Paddington train station

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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