Discovering Lines

Discovering Lines

The Severn Beach line

The Severn Beach line is one of 35 rail routes with formal Community Rail Designation by the Department for Transport – this gives the Partnership an enhanced role and real involvement in the development of the line, and helps encourage innovation.

The journey from Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach takes you along one of the most diverse branch lines in Britain, affording views of intercity Bristol, it’s Georgian and Victorian suburbs, until disappearing into mile long Clifton Tunnel through the Avon Gorge.

The light at the end of the tunnel brings stunning scenery as trains run parallel with the River Avon, towards the Bristol Port and industrial landscape of Avonmouth.  The journey continues along the banks of the River Severn, presenting a not to be missed photo opportunity of the Second Severn Crossing.  Severn Beach is the final destination before the return trip to Bristol.

Known for iconic murals, community gardening and edible planters, there is something distinctive about each of the ten stations along the twelve and a half mile branch line.

Exploring with Children? Discover Severn Beach Line provides and interactive map and  beautifully illustrated resources to download for free, helping you discover local wildlife, outdoor places to play and fascinating history within a short walking distance of each station along the line. 

Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa beyond

The Severnside Community Rail Partnership region includes stations between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa which form part of the Heart of Wessex line.  This scenic continues for 87 miles through Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset to Weymouth, calling at eighteen stunning stations along the way.

The Heart of Wessex line also has Community Rail Designation by the Department for Transport.

The Heart of Wessex Rail Partnership produce a twice yearly line guide, each one highlighting a couple of gems to visit along the journey. 

Thinking of traveling further afield? leaves you spoiled for choice!


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