All Line Tour – 2017

Through a combination of distinctly mediocre exchange rates, and what might euphemistically be called ‘global atmospherics’, I’ve decided that my holiday pound will be spent in the UK this year rather than a US adventure or anything exotic. For me, staying in the UK and travelling really only means one thing — another All Line Rail Rover Ticket.

I’ve been playing with a few itineraries for a while now, but as the week I’ve been keeping free of commitments approaches rapidly, I’ve finally inked-in the details and made the necessary bookings. (It would have been an interesting proposition to head out on the trip with no itinerary and no bookings, winging it each evening wherever I find myself… but back in the real world that ain’t gonna happen!) Accommodation is going to be a familiar mix of budget brands, global brands on a budget, several real ale pubs that do B&B, and even a guesthouse.

As in previous years, I’ve decided to cough-up for a First Class ticket, so part of the planning has been about eeking-out the best value from that. In other words, lots of really long journeys and the absolute minimum of routes with Standard Class only! That all said, one important element of this trip is to give the Devon & Cornwall branch lines a good looking at — as well as the (relatively) newly opened ‘Borders Line’ to Tweedbank.

It all starts bright & early on Wednesday 10th May and, if you are so inclined, I’d be very happy if you’d join me on the journey through the medium of this blog. The full details of where I’ll be and when follow below…

Excuse the formatting – WordPress seems not to embrace the concept of tabs.

Wed 10th May 2017
Willington 07:44
Tamworth 08:01 08:29
Crewe 09:34 10:09
Glasgow Central 13:17
Glasgow Queen Street 14:41 (via Perth & Aberdeen)
Inverness 19:40
Travel Inn 19-21 Huntly Street, Inverness, IV3 5PR.
Thu 11th May 2017
Inverness 07:55
Edinburgh 11:17 11:54
Tweedbank 12:51 12:59
Edinburgh 13:54 14:30
Kings Cross 18:50
St Pancras 19:10
St Albans City 19:45
Lower Red Lion, 36 Fishpool Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4RX.
Fri 12th May 2017
St Albans Abbey 08:25
Watford Junction 08:41 09:00
Queen’s Park 09:38 09:43 (Bakerloo Line)
Paddington 09:54 10:06
Penzance 15:11 15:59
Truro 16:40 16:51
Falmouth Docks 17:15 17:59
Truro 18:27 17:55
County Arms, Highertown, Truro, TR1 3PY.
Sat 13th May 2017
Truro 08:44
Par 09:08 09:18
Newquay 10:10 10:12
Par 11:01 11:07
Liskeard 11:30 12:12
Looe 12:43 13:56
Liskeard 14:20 14:28
Devonport 14:52 14:57
Gunnislake 15:40 15:45
Plymouth 16:30 16:56
Newton Abbot 17:38 18:08
Paignton 18:26 18:56
Newton Abbot 19:12
Hazelwood Guesthouse, 33a Torquay Rd, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2LW.
Sun 14th May 2017
Newton Abbot 09:21
Westbury 10:47 11:01
Portsmouth Harbour 12:52 13:15
Day return foot passenger Portsmouth – Ryde
Ryde Pierhead 13:42 14:07
Shanklin 14:30 14:38
Ryde Pierhead 15:02 15:47
Portsmouth Harbour 16:10 16:17
Winchester 17:22 17:31
Reading 18:03 18:14
Cardiff 19:58
Marriott, Mill Lane Cardiff, CF10 1EZ
Mon 15th May 2017
Cardiff 08:05
Swansea 09:00 09:33 (via Central Wales line)
Shrewsbury 13:32 13:59
Crewe 14:28 15:09
Lancaster 16:07 16:48
Barrow in Furness 17:54 18:30
St. Bees 19:35
The Manor, Main Street, St Bees, Cumbria, CA27 0DE.
Tue 16th May 2017
St Bees 10:28
Carlisle 11:49 11:55
Leeds 14:37 15:38
Hull 16:35 16:57
Doncaster 17:47 17:55
Newark North Gate 18:18
Newark Castle 19:47
Nottingham 20:16 20:40
Willington 21:20

3 thoughts on “All Line Tour – 2017

  1. Jim says:

    I’m going to stick my neck out and say that, in the long history of the railway, it is Highly unlikely that no one has ever done Newton Abbot to Cardiff via Shanklin before. I look forward to reading all about it. I am along for the vicarious ride.

  2. MRS Dave C says:

    Looks like a really catholic selection of railway companies’ tracks. I’ll be watching. Have great time.

  3. Nick Wheat says:

    Reminds me of my 6 day jolly when I left BR in 1992 – I had 3 ‘boxes’ left on my priv and forgot to hand it in. 🙂

    I headed to Penzance via all the Devon and Cornwall branches I had not yet travelled – Looe, Exmouth, St. Ives, etc. I did them all in two days except Barnstaple.

    Thence to Inverness and Wick !

    But first to Glasgow and the train to Fort Bill and Mallaig, ferry to Skye and bus to Uig for the ferry to the Outer Hebrides and overnight stay in Harris. Returning to Kyleakin and the Ferry to Kyle of Lochalsh I got the train from Kyle to Inverness and onward to Wick.

    Wick to John O’Groats on the bus, rickety foot ferry to Orkney and I blagged a coach tour to Kirkwall for the ferry back to Scrabster and on to Thurso.

    Homeward travel from Inverness was via Keith (wher the class 37 failed and required replacement after a long delay), Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh for the East Coast back home via Doncaster.

    A fantastic road trip (or should that be rail trip? 🙂


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