The best national parks you can reach by train!

Northumberland National Park

The UK seems dominated by roads, buildings and people. It’s easy to forget that there’s so much beauty just outside of our cities!

Escaping to the countryside is one of life’s pleasures but arriving without a car can be difficult. If you want to leave the smog behind, don’t worry you can reach all these national parks by train!

Lake District National Park

The Lake District is internationally famous for picturesque views and dramatic scenery. The park is the largest in Britain, with the deepest and biggest lakes.  There are numerous things to do from climbing Scafell Pike, (England’s largest mountain) to sitting back and enjoying the view.

The best way to get to the Lake District National Park is via Oxenholme Rail Station.


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Northumberland National Park

The cleanest rivers, the darkest skies and a whole lot of history. Northumberland national park is the perfect place to stargaze and discover our heritage. Breathe in the fresh air, explore beautiful hay meadows and walk in the footsteps of Romans at Hadrian’s Wall.

Hop on the Tyne Valley Railway Line from Newcastle to Carlisle for a scenic train journey, don’t forget to get off at Hexham!


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Snowdonia National Park

It’s home to the largest mountain in England and Wales, so it’s no surprise the park has some of the most beautiful views in the UK. The varied landscape includes green valleys, river gorges and waterfalls. For a unique experience why not catch the vintage steam railway?

Head to Bangor before getting onto the Conwy Valley Line which runs directly through the national park!


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Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons is truly unique park with bog diving one of the most popular activities. There’s many routes and trails perfect for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. If you like animals keep an eye out for the Red Kite bird – the official bird of Wales. The park has good connections from Manchester with direct trains to Abergavenny every hour!


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If you’re planning a trip to any of these national parks soon, make sure you get the cheapest train tickets with NationalRail.com.