Starting in April, you can travel through some of the most beautiful English countryside on the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. This trip is ideal for families and people of all ages as it runs for seven scenic miles along what is known as the English Riviera on the fantastic Devon coastline.
The scenery from the train is quite breathtaking. You’ll visit the charming rail station at the town of Churston, and then roll down the tracks through the slopes of picturesque Long Wood, which borders the Dart Estuary along to Kingswear.
You can visit the historic city of Dartmouth by taking a short ferry across the River Dart. When you reach the town, you’ll be able to visit some wonderful sites and attractions.
These include Butterwalk, Bayards Cove, the Britannia Royal Naval College, and Dartmouth Castle. This is the first castle in England to have guns used as its main armament.
The original railway line was opened in the mid 1840s and includes stops at places such as Teignmouth, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, and South Brent. Today’s Paignton and Dartmouthheritage steam railway run opened in the 1960’s and is capable of carrying the heaviest and largest locomotives in Great Britain.
The railway then merged with a water craft company known as the River Link and the two companies joined together in 2010 create the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company.
There are several types of daytrips you can take to explore the wonderful countryside and towns, including combined river trips, a round robin excursion and the steam and cruise trip.