The UK is criss-crossed with incredible canals and waterways that meander through stunning countryside and skirt past quaint towns and villages. A beautiful by-product of the industrial revolution and a testament to human engineering, these canals would have been heaving with cargo and people when they were first created. Now they make for a calm, quiet and relaxing way to explore Britain’s varied landscapes.
Likewise, the Great Little Trains of Wales are a very special way of seeing some of the best scenery in the British Isles. While each of these narrow gauge steam railways are unique in their own way, all of them have a history spanning well over 100 years, and so they have the charm of old-time steam trains with plenty of polished paintwork and brass. The special attraction of narrow gauge railways lies in their modest size compared with mainline trains, and their leisurely speed gives time to take in some of the splendid scenery.
• Kennet and Avon Canal
• Gloucester and Sharpness Ship Canal
• Grand Union Canal
• Ludlow - a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem
• Ride on the Talyllyn Railway - the world’s first preserved railway, and enjoy its vintage locomotives
• Ride on the Vale of Rheidol and Ffestiniog Railways, featuring dramatic scenery
• A journey on the Welsh Highland Railway (stunning!)
• The immaculate seafront town of Llandudno
• Chester - one of Britain’s Historic Walled Cities
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.