Swathes of green and gold pass in a flash of colour as vibrant as an artists palette. Dashes of emerald, spots of mahogany and an abundance of powder blue fill my vision as we dash past. Everything coming in streaks and zooming in and out of my sight.
A cow, some sheep, a bird flies along beside me as we fly along the coast. The swoosh and smooth speed of our steadfast journey has my mind racing as my body rests in comfort. We slow at points and stop. There is a hustle and bustle but soon we are again on our way. Determined and soon striking a fast pace through a dark tunnel, I look around at others reading, eating, talking. The atmosphere is calm and relaxed. I have time to indulge and immerse my mind in the passing scenes.
Where am I? Is this a dream?
Nope, its good old train travel! My favourite way of travelling is overland. Living in the North East of England, I am in a very central position to get down to Wales or the South of England and also to pop up to Scotland. This is so easy and quick via train.
I can be in London in three hours for around £50 return (if booked in advance) or Edinburgh in less than two hours for around £35 or Manchester in two and a half hours for around £40. Basically its cheap and great. That’s not my favourite part though.
Some routes are incredible and this is my favourite thing about travelling from England to Scotland on the east coast…
The stunning views!
The landscape in this region is worth visiting just to see it. Gorgeous countryside and striking coastlines in all weathers. Stormy days at the coast are by far my favourite. We used to play a game of standing watching the waves swell and crash against the barriers on the North East coast. We were never in any danger because the defenses are strong and the waves don’t come up nearly as high as I thought as a child. The power of nature was the real shock. I think I still love the reinvigorating feeling of storms now. So much energy.
Yesterday, I travelled this route and it was a very calm, bright day. Soothing after a business meeting! I love this spot which opens up all of a sudden. You’re sat hurtling along directly over the river with a view of where it meets the sea. The quaint town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed ambling below.
Later, the coastline comes into view with ruins and even a golf course right by the cliff drop to the sea. As we whizzed by, I caught a glimpse of a herd of sheep grazing by the edge of the east coast. Every few minutes, there is a new scene or set of colours blending before your eyes. Fantastic views.
Its good to check before you set off on your journey if there are delays or cancellations. I’ve found the replacement services excellent throughout the UK but its always good to be prepared.
Take a book, some music, pen and paper or a laptop if you don’t like sitting watching the world go by. There are power points available in each carriage.
Book around 12 weeks in advance if possible! On sites like TheTrainline or National Rail, you can set up email alerts for ticket sales. I’ve had some great deals and often travel to London first class for the same price as standard carriages.
Take a couple of snacks or water with you for a long journey to keep costs down. There are buffet cars and a snack trolley on most services as well as toilets in each carriage so you have all of the facilities you need.
Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the ride.
Do you like train travel? Have you taken any trains in the UK?