There’s nothing quite like sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a scenic train journey - especially when some of the best hikes in the UK await you at your destination.
If you’re looking for inspiration for a staycation this year, consider packing your hiking gear, hopping on a train, and enjoying some of the best hiking, exploring and beauty spots in the country. Here’s our round-up of our favourite journeys and destinations.
One of the best hikes near London, you can reach Epping Forest in the south-west corner of Essex in 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station. It’s perfect for a relaxing day trip from London with a range of different walks for every ability. Try the 6.6 mile Oak Trail which takes you through the best of the forest before passing by the deer sanctuary at the end of the route.
For a great hike that’s slightly further out from the capital, take the train from London to Eastbourne, and then onwards to East Dean by bus. This incredible beauty spot is home to the highest chalk sea cliff in the country at 162 metres above sea level.
There’s a range of walks in the area. Take a stroll along the coast from Beachy Head to Birling Gap, an undulating route of around 5 miles from which you’ll get the best sea views and unspoiled coastline. Beachy Head is also the starting point of the South Downs Way National Park, a long-distance path of 160km in total so if you’re feeling up to it, you could extend your walk even further!
Getting to the start of your hike
Whether you decide to head to the south coast, up north to Scotland or want to explore the coastal paths and mountains of Wales, Avanti West Coast can get you there.
You can book any train journey through our Journey Planner, even if the stations and services are not run by Avanti West Coast - and remember that you can make great savings when you book in advance.
Then all you have to do is plan your hike and sit back and enjoy the scenic train ride.