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St Erth to St Ives, Cornwall

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This journey on the St Ives Bay Line may only take 10 minutes, but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in prettiness. This patch of Cornwall is lovely almost without comparison. Starting your journey at St Erth, you will be charmed by the simplicity of this tiny village at the old crossing point of the River Hayle. The train passes through Lelant Saltings, then moves up the dunes above Porth Kidney Sands. Two viaducts are crossed on this journey: the Carbis Viaduct and the St Ives Viaduct, the latter forming part of a dramatic descent into St Ives.

Opened in June 1877, the line was the last ‘broad gauge’ railway to be built in Britain. This splendid feat of Victorian engineerin­g follows the cliff edge around the coast to provide a stunning first impression of St Ives’ colourful harbour.

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