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The Eden Project or Bodmin and Wenford Railway


Saturday 21 May 2022

It’s hard to believe we have not visited the Eden Project since 2015, so what better way to take advantage of the lengthening days and increasing temperatures than an excursion to glorious Cornwall!

The journey to Cornwall itself is a worthwhile day out in its own right, especially west of Exeter where the train runs along the famous Dawlish Sea Wall then up the gruelling Dainton Bank, one of the steepest main line inclines in Britain. Then it’s past the Naval Dockyards at Plymouth and over the lofty Saltash Bridge to enter the Duchy of Cornwall.

Whether visiting the Eden Project in all its glory or taking a ride on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, this is sure to be a fantastic day for everyone.

The Eden Project

Special buses will await our arrival at Par for the three-mile transfer to the Eden Project. Continually developing year by year, Eden is an unforgettable experience in a breathtaking location, a global garden, a place of awesome beauty and wonder. The highlights are obviously the two enormous ‘biomes’, each a staggeringly impressive feat of engineering even before one sees the staggering array of flora and fauna held within. The Mediterranean and Tropical biomes are each large enough to swallow the Tower of London plus eleven double-decker buses!

Outside the biomes the world-famous gardens, sculpture and art all draw inspiration from nature. The place is all the more extraordinary when you consider that just over twenty years ago the entire site was a barren landscape, a worked-out former quarry with no soil and no plants.

Please be aware that a visit to Eden involves a fair amount of walking, both within and outside the biomes, during your stay of over three hours.

The Bodmin and Wenford Railway

If the Eden Project doesn’t take your fancy, why not leave the train at Bodmin Parkway and cross the platform to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway?

You will have the freedom of the entire six-and-a-half-mile railway from Bodmin Parkway to Boscarne, via the line’s principal station at Bodmin General where all trains reverse. A full thirteen-mile round trip by steam takes around two hours, but of course you can jump on and off at will.

You can take a stroll from Bodmin General into historic Bodmin itself, where there are various cafes and pubs.

Idyllic Padstow

The final option on this tour is a break of around three hours in picturesque Padstow, on the banks of the Camel Estuary. Coaches will meet the train at Bodmin Parkway for the scenic trip through the north Cornwall countryside, and upon arrival you will have a break of nearly three hours.

Brought to prominence by TV chef Rick Stein, the town has become famous as a site of pilgrimage for fans of fish and seafood. Places to eat and drink abound and there are plenty of craft and souvenir shops. For those who enjoy walking, the coaches will offer a brief set down at Wadebridge and you can enjoy a five mile walk along the former railway line to Padstow now known as the Camel Trail, with delightful views of the estuary for much of the way.

ALL OFF TRAIN OPTIONS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE

First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£114Good
Standard Class Junior£104Good
First Class Non-Dining£154Good
First Class Dining£259Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£1016Good
Off Train Option- Eden Project£26Good
Off Train Option- Bodmin and Wenford Railway£15Good
Off Train Option- Padstow£10Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London Paddington07.1022.00
Slough07.4021.35
Reading08.1021.15
Newbury08.4520.50

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