Re: London to Plymouth View
- From: The Good Doctor <docnews2011@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2007 10:25:07 -0700
On 5 Jul, 08:40, "GigaNews" <???> wrote:
I've been told that the Journey from London to Plymouth is quite amazing,
especially the section that runs along the coast.
Is this true and is it worth it for a trip??
The sections that run along the coast are well worthwhile, giving
spectacular coastal views. The trouble is that they are a
surprisingly small part of a long and often expensive journey,
although careful pre-booking can secure very low prices at the expense
of rigid travel arrangements.
There are three coastal sections on the route between London
Paddington to Penzance; the estuary of the River Exe, from Starcross
to Dawlish Warren, and the sea wall section from there to Teignmouth
(this is one contiguous section); the bridge across the River Tamar
and Saltash, just west of Plymouth; and the final couple of miles
between Marazion and Penzance.
that was specially constructed to support the line, with views acrossFrom Starcross to Dawlish Warren, you get excellent estuary views.
From Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth the railway runs along a sea wall
the expanse of Lyme Bay. From Teignmouth almost to Newton Abbott you
get views over the estuary of the River Teign.
West of Plymouth, the Royal Albert Bridge across the Tamar was
designed by Brunel and opened in 1859. It is an oustanding structure,
and there are excellent views of the Tamar Estuary from the bridge and
the short coastal section of line at Saltash, just to the west.
Some way west, there is a coastal view of St Michael's Mount from
Marazion which is a couple of miles fromthe terminus at Penzance.
If you cut short your journey at Plymouth, you will only see the first
of the three coastal sections.
But consider spending a weekend in Devon and Cornwall, and travel on
the branch lines to St Ives and Looe (in Cornwall), and the private
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (in south Devon), all of which
have spectacular estuary views. St Ives, Looe and Dartmouth are all
well worth the trip. Enjoy!
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