Each route is highlighted on historical Ordnance Survey mapping, showing which parts can still be followed today. The carefully researched text is accompanied by historical photographs showing each line in operation prior to its closure, as well as specially commissioned images from the present day.
Thousands of miles of Britain’s railways were closed during the 20th century, many following the implementation of the Beeching Report in the 1960s and early 1970s. Since then, many have been converted to footpaths and cycleways. Fortunately, both the keen walker and the railway enthusiast can enjoy these well-worn routes and hidden byways in peace and tranquillity. Follow the routes of over 50 long-closed railways across some of our most beautiful countryside and discover the lost railways of Britain.
Routes include: • Drake’s Trail Plymouth to Tavistock • Downs Link Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea • Midshires Way Market Harborough to Northampton • Elan Valley Trail Rhayader to Craig-Goch Dam • Hornsea Rail Trail Hull to Hornsea • Deeside Way Aberdeen to Ballater
Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways is an essential armchair companion for every railway enthusiast and outdoor adventurer.
“If the author is Julian Holland, and the subject is railways, you know you’re going to be in for a treat” Cotswold Life
"Some of Britain’s railways may be lost – but, with the level of enthusiasm Julian Holland can muster for his subject, they will never be forgotten." Western Morning News
"Beeching may have closed the lines and the trains no longer run, but the routes themselves can still be enjoyed." Heritage Railways