True London to Penzance

London to Penzance

On this journey you can experience remarkable sights before you have even stepped on to the train, as the journey commences at magnificent Paddington station.

The London to Penzance journey begins at magnificent Paddington station

If you want to head off from London on an epic journey by direct express train, you have three routes to choose from including the two classic routes to Scotland - Euston to Glasgow and Kings Cross to Edinburgh.

However, the first couple of hours on both of those journeys aren't particularly thrilling, the route to Edinburgh only has a wow factor north of York and you have to get passed Preston on the route to Glasgow.

But on this journey which heads west instead of north it takes less than 45 mins before your experiencing the English country side at its best, when between Reading and Taunton the train travels through Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset.

You'll have to take our word for that though because when we made a return journey recently over this route, the weather was foul in both directions, so we weren't able to capture our memories of sweeping vistas across the rolling hills and farmland.

Fortunately the weather had improved by the time departed from Exeter, as it's between here and Penzance where this route makes it claim for inclusion on lists of Great Railway Journeys.

Through Devon and on into Cornwall the journey is a series of fabulous moments beginning with the infamous passage along the sea wall through Dawlish and Teignmouth.

London to Penzance by train

The fabulous vista continues as the train turns away from the coast to run along the banks of The River Teign into Newton Abbot - see it from the left when heading west and on the right on the return journey.

London to Cornwall by train

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The train then twists and turns through the hills of Devon its way to Plymouth and as the train travels through the city, there was the surprise of seeing one of the best townscapes that can be seen from a train in Britain.

Plymouth from the London to Cornwall train

The next highlight of the journey is the crossing of The River Tamar - the boundary between Devon and Cornwall, over The Royal Albert Bridge, one of the iconic engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's greatest achievements.

Crossing The Royal Albert Bridge

Crossing the Royal Albert Bridge

Between Saltash and St. Germains there are beautiful river bank views as the train runs along the River Tamar for a short while and then crosses the River Tiddy.

London to Cornwall by train



As the train travels across Cornwall it keeps away from the sea, but the railway has to cross a plethora of viaducts in order to negotiate the rugged landscape - this is the view near Liskeard looking down on to the charming Looe Valley railway line.

Cornwall by train

One of the viaducts the train crosses takes it over the city of Truro and on the left when heading west, there are fabulous views down to its cathedral.

London to Cornwall train journey
All of the images above apart from view over Plymouth, were taken from the left of the train when facing the direction of travel from London TO Penzance - this is definitely the side of the train to be sat on when heading west.

However, this view below was on the right as the train departed Hayle, on a clearer day you can see the coast in the distance from here.



Journey's end with St Michael's Mount in the distance - you'll have to be luckier than were to take a picture of it from the train - our six attempts all ended in failure.

To Penzance from London by train

HOW TO TAKE THIS JOURNEY:

More details on how to take this journey will be comimg soon, when we get around to adding domestic British journeys from London to our journey guides.

We're waitng on that, as new trains will be used on this route from July 2018.

Departures:

Monday - Friday = 9 x trains
Saturday = 8 x trains
Sunday = 7x trains

Journey time to Penzance =5 hr 3mins - 5hr 33mins: The fastest train is the 'Cornish Riviera' which departs at 12:03 on Monday - Saturday,

Tickets can be booked HERE

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