The Times Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways book review – a nostalgic journey along 50 long-lost railway lines by Julian Howard
The Times Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways is a poignant reminder of how many railway closures took place during the twentieth century. Since the 1930s, 9,000 miles of railway track in Britain has been closed as road transport has become cheaper and more flexible. In 1963, the ‘Beeching Report’ alone resulted in the abandonment of 4,500 miles of track and 2,000 stations, leaving vast swathes of Britain without a rail link to the outside world.
And, I’ve got a copy to give away free to a Walks And Walking reader – find out how at the bottom of the page.
In The Times Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways, passionate rail enthusiast, author and broadcaster, Julian Holland, takes the reader on a nostalgic journey along over 50 of the lost railway lines in Britain. He shows how many routes remain overgrown and lost to road improvements and industrial development, but also how a growing number are being reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycleways. These lost railways have become corridors in which wildlife can flourish, and the tunnels, viaducts and bridges of the Victorian era can be seen. Now, walkers, cyclists, families and railway enthusiasts can enjoy some of our most beautiful countryside by exploring these tranquil hidden byways.
The book is illustrated with historical Ordnance Survey® mapping along with over 200 past and present-day photographs, many of which were specially commissioned for the book. Each section gives the historical background to the route and describes how it can be followed today.
Drake’s Trail – Plymouth to Tavistock
Downs Link – Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea
Hayling Billy Trail – Havant to Hayling Island
Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea
Stroud Valleys Trail – Stonehouse to Nailsworth
Midshires Way – Market Harborough to Northampton
Elan Valley Trail – Rhayader to Craig-Goch Dam
Hornsea Rail Trail – Hull to Hornsea
Innocent Railway Path – The St Leonard’s branch, Edinburgh
Speyside Way – Boat of Garten to Craigellachie
Julian Holland has always had a fascination with Britain’s railways. He is a writer and photographer of many railway books, including the highly acclaimed and award-winning Mapping the Railways (HarperCollins, 2011), Britain’s Scenic Railways (HarperCollins, 2012) and Dr Beeching’s Axe 50 Years On (David & Charles, 2013).
Published 13th October for £30.00
To win a copy of The Times Exploring Britain’s Lost Railways simply find the promotional status update on the Walks And Walking Facebook page and hit ‘Like’ and ‘Share’. The winner will be announced on the 30th September 2013. (Only only open to UK residents).