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Cornwalls Great Scenic Railways

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Truro sits on the main Paddington – Penzance  line as well as the branch line to Falmouth.

All the below journeys can be taken from Truro using the main line service linking to the branch lines.  

The St Ives Bay Line (St Erth – St Ives)

The views 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.  Find out more about the St Ives Bay Line and plan your trip – click here.

To view the walk Carbis Bay to Porthminster Beach click here.

The Looe Valley Line (Liskeard – Looe)

Take the train through winding wooded valleys, and at low tide, look out the window for wading birds on the river such as Little Egrets, Grey Herons, Oyster Catchers and Curlews. In Looe, visit the beach or explore the narrow streets full of lovely independent shops and pubs. Find out more about The Looe Valley Line and plan your trip – click here.

To view the walk St Keyne wishing well Halt to Causeland click here, and the walk Looe to Polperro click here.

The Maritime Line (Truro – 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. Find out more about The Maritime Line and plan your trip – click here.

To view the walk Perranwell Village Circular click here, and the Penryn to Falmouth via Flushing walk click here  (Flushing ferry timetable).

The Atlantic Coast Line (Par – 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. Find our more about the Atlantic Coast Line and plan your trip – click here.

To view the walk Luxulyan Mining Heritage Circular click here, and Luxulyan to Eden Project walk click here.

The Tamar Valley Line (Plymouth – Gunnislake)

Enjoy views of rolling green fields, sleepy villages and beautiful river crossings. The highlight of the journey is when the train slowly creeps down over the Calstock viaduct and you are 120 feet above the river below.  To find out more about The Tamar Valley Line and plan your trip – click here.

To view the walk Gunnislake Station to Calstock click here, and Calstock Station to Cotehele House (National Trustclick here.

Find out more about each of the lines, look up times and great value fares, and get top tips on exploring Cornwall by train on the Great Scenic Railways website.

Useful to know:

  • Truro sits on the main Paddington - Penzance line as well as the branch line to Falmouth.
  • All journeys can be taken from Truro using the main line service linking to the branch lines.

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