During post-coronavirus times travelling by train rather than by plane might be much safer and logistically not as challenging. It is environmentally friendly too, leaving a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Many of our French and Benelux walking and cycling holidays – as well as some of our German, Swiss, Spanish and Italian adventures – can be reached comfortably within a day from London St Pancras. The added bonus: you will be able to take the slow lane and appreciate the scenery much better than you can from a plane or a car. Here are some of the best walking and cycling holidays for an easy getaway from the UK by rail.
Featured Adventures: Our Top Walking and Cycling Holidays Easily Accessible by Rail from the UK
Take a demanding but rewarding dual-based walking holiday in Mercantour National Park, surrounded by the high peaks of the Southern Alps.
Experience the D-Day landing beaches and retrace the steps of those who gave their lives for the liberation of Europe, taking in Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. This is a hike of remembrance, but also of pleasure, as you walk along beautiful cliff-side and beach trails.
Take Europe’s most popular cycling route; visit ancient castles and museums and bike through rolling orchards and vineyards. After completing the Path, ride on to the Rhine Falls – one the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Europe.
Explore the best of rural France on this self guided walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley and Haut Quercy, an area of wonderful food and wines, offering walks through some of the most beautiful villages in France.
Explore Brittany’s Côte de Granite Rose from Perros Guirec to Lannion. With its bizarre rock formations, pink tainted rocks, white beaches and clear blue waters, it is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
This is our most popular walking holiday in Catalonia for a reason. Costa Brava is a walker’s paradise, boasting a thousand-year-old network of footpaths and offering diverse natural landscapes, warm hospitality and great cuisine – and there is something to suit everyone.
Starting from Lausanne at Lake Geneva, the Swiss route goes across the Alps to Aosta in Italy. The path reveals amazing Alpine sceneries, cultural heritage and history, the highlight being the Great St Bernard Pass. This section of the Via Francigena is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular pilgrims’ paths in Europe!
We invite you on a wonderful cycling holiday through the Netherlands down into Belgium, past towns, villages, canals – all the time on well-maintained cycling paths. In eight days of cycling, you will discover many delightful places off the beaten track and take in the most picturesque historic towns in the Netherlands and Flanders.
Explore the most beautiful parts of the Provence, taking in both the Alpilles and the Luberon mountain ranges. Staring in Avignon, your journey will take you through the famed villages of Fontaine de Vaucluse, Gordes, Goult, Bonnieux and Saignon. You will finish in the beautiful Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, with its Venice-like canals.
The Aravis massif is a hidden gem, rising between the Rhône Valley to the West and the Mont Blanc range to the East. The range is footed by old farming villages, famous among the locals for their artisanal cheese production. The tour ends with a beautiful arrival at Lake Annecy, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps.
Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the Spanish and French Catalan coast invites exploration on foot. By walking from Cadaqués to Collioure along the coast, you will discover for yourself the lure and enchantment of this beautiful region.
Follow one of Germany’s most romantic footpaths, from Lake Starnberg through beautiful Upper Bavaria to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Ammergauer Alps, the Zugspitze and the Allgäu and stay in charming small hotels and guesthouses to experience the best of Bavarian hospitality.