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12th September 2023- We are sorry but we are now fully booked until October on all our routes - please contact us for Autumn and 2024 dates

Rail to Trail Walking Holidays

GWR train st St Ives

Why Rail to Trail?

  • Step straight off the train and onto world class walking trails in over 15 locations
  • Enjoy the fastest travel times to the South West and Wales – more time to walk & explore
  • Avoid holiday traffic jams, parking problems and tourist car park charges
  • Save on the lost holiday time and money returning to collect a car after your holiday
  • Arrive refreshed and ready to walk without having to recover from hours of motorway driving
  • Save money - discounts for 3 or more walkers, Britrail & Rover Passes and cheap advance purchase tickets

Our Favouite Rail to Trail Walks and Short Breaks


The Lands End Way - West Cornwall - South West Coast Path

Porthcurno in CornwallTrain in: St Ives - Train Out: Penzance

A walk that takes you out to the very end of the country at Lands End...and then back again through a granite coastline of stark cliffs, idyllic beaches, ghostly tin mines and wild coastal moors that never cease to surprise and delight the walker.

The Classic Cornish Coast Path Walk

3-6 days walking                 More details and route descriptions

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path - West Wales - Wales Coast Path

Westdale Bay PembrokeshireTrain in: Tenby - Train out:  Milford Haven / Fishguard

Walk through the Pembrokeshire National Park on the Welsh Coast Path past dramatic castles, pristine beaches, towering rock stacks and coastal peaks. With less walkers than the SW Coast Path, West Wales offers peaceful coastal beauty, offshore island visits, seals, puffins and a superb introduction to walking in Wales.

4 to 12 days walking               More details and route descriptions

The Lizard Adventure - West Cornwall - South West Coast Path

Kynance Cove part of the South West Coast pathTrain in: Penzance - Train out: Falmouth

Walk through the unique flora and geology around the Lizard Peninsula to the UK's southernmost point on remote and less visited trails. From St Michaels Mount to the maritime port of Falmouth. This route links unspoilt villages, abandoned tin mines, deep wooded creeks and wild headlands - welcome to Poldark Country.

4 to 6 days walking              More details and route descriptions

The Beach Path to St Ives - North Cornwall - South West Coast Path

Surfers at St Ives

Train in: Newquay - Train Out: St Ives/Penzance

Cornwall’s longest run of golden sands and coves on one of the easier walking sections on the SW Coast Path. Pass the mighty stacks of Bedruthun Steps, navigate the mountainous dunes of the Gannel Estuary and refuel at Rick Stein's or Jamie Oliver's restaurants en route to the stunning harbour at St Ives.

5 to 7 days walking               More details and route descriptions

The Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Wales Coast Path  - New Route for next Season

North Pembrokeshire Coast PathTrain in: Fishguard - Train out: Aberystwyth or Machynlleth

Combine the last dramatic days of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with the Ceredigion path for a non-stop route of wild cliffs, sandy estuaries, remote headlands and pretty harbour towns.

7 to 10 days walking      For details email us now for a quote and itinerary plan         

The Harbours and Coves Route - South Cornwall South West Coast Path-

Polperro Village Cornwall

Train in: Falmouth - Train out: Looe or Plymouth

Walk between the historic ports of Falmouth and Plymouth along 77 miles of South Cornwall's protected coastline. Discover smugglers' haunts and pretty fishing harbours at Portloe, Mevagissey, Fowey and Polperro as you traverse the remote Roseland Peninsula with varied & moderate grade walking all the way.

4 to 7 days walking               More details and route descriptions

The Meirionydd & Snowdonia Coast Path - Wales Coast Path - New Route for next Season

Snowdonia Coast PathTrain in: Porthmadog - Train out:  Machynlleth

The most varied weeks walking on the Wales Coast Path takes you through Snowdonia National Park combining huge windswept dunes, dramatic castles and stunning estuaries with options for challenging inland detours to climb coastal mountain ridges and forests.

5 to 7 days walking      For details email us now for a quote and itinerary plan 

The Jurassic Coast Path  - Dorset - South West Coast Path

Durdle Door in Dorset

Train In: Exmouth - Train Out: Weymouth / Poole

Walk through time itself on a unique and prehistoric journey through the superb geology of the Jurassic Coast. Fossil hunting, lost villages, Chesil Beach and the mysterious Isle of Portland. Scale the heights of Golden Cap, marvel at Durdle Dor Arch and overnight in the medieval village of Abbotsbury on the way.

5 to 12 days walking               More details and route descriptions

The Mendip Way - Somerset

Train In: Weston-super-Mare - Train Out: Frome

Cheddar Gorge Somerset The quickest and easiest route we have by train. Less than 2 hours from London, train into and back out from this superb walking trail. Discover REAL Somerset on two feet walking along the little visited Mendip Ridge on a stunning inland route from the coast at Weston-super-Mare to the ancient market town of Frome. Superb views and walking variety all the way as you pass through caving county at Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, the historic City of Wells with its unique Cathedral and Bishop's Palace and opt to walk on a personal 'Pilgrimage' to visit Glastonbury with it's iconic Tor and Abbey.

Excellent walk for rest day options, activities and exploring when not walking and generally easy/moderate grade so suitable for all walkers. More information on this walk.


We also arrange Rail to Trail walking holidays on the South West Coast Path through South Devon.

Ask us for more details and other Rail to Trail walks, or use the interactive walking routes map to compare the options.


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