That is quite a nice section of line, I've used it when wanting to knock a few miles off cycling or going to/from my workplace to London. My only minor bugbear on that line is the ride quality. Sometimes it feels like I am in a magnitude 8 earthquake with the amount of shaking.Not necessarily my favourite, but I'll single out the Dorking-Horsham line (or at least the Ockley-Horsham section, which is what I've used) for having a certain old-school charm that you don't get much in the southeast these days. Also some isolated country stations like Ockley which are literally deep in the countryside yet (at least on Mon-Sat daytimes) have an hourly service to London.
It’s very scenic Ben, with some good climbs on it too.Is the Dartmouth Steam Railway paticuarly scenic does anyone know/think? The pics of it passing along a stretch of coastline always makes me think so (another line I wish to travel on at some point)
Dartmouth line is very much worth doing (have done this a couple of times & would do it again) - if you have the time, have a look at the Round Robin as it's a great day out & lovely scenerySt Ives Branch down in Cornwall is up there for me. Only travelled on it once before (last year) but absolutely loved the stunning coastline scenery .
Settle and Carlisle is on my list of lines to travel on as not done that one yet.
Is the Dartmouth Steam Railway paticuarly scenic does anyone know/think? The pics of it passing along a stretch of coastline always makes me think so (another line I wish to travel on at some point)
Agreed, although I'd start a bit further south. Lancaster, then you get the coastal stretch passed Hest Bank too.I personally love the WCML from Oxenholme up to Carstairs, a lovely bit of high speed engineering through stunning scenery (the M6 up there is glorious too!).