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24 Epic Journeys To Take Across Britain Before You Die

There are so many spectacular ways to see this isle.

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7. You could take a train on the stunning Exeter to Penzance line.

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The stretch, which includes views of Dartmoor, a spin through some South Hams valleys, and an unforgettable slice by the sea at Dawlish, is arguably England's best rail journey.

10. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway ain't bad either.

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Fan of gentle '90s TV police show Heartbeat? No? Well, a ride on the steam train featured in every gran's favourite is worth it anyway, as the 18-mile track carves through some breathtaking landscapes. It also stops at a place called Goathland.

12. Or down the Bealach na Bà.

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This road, which translates as Pass of the Cattle, is a twisting and turning concrete snake worthy of the Alps, that cuts through the Applecross Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands.

14. Or wobble across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

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Erected by salmon fishermen in County Antrim, this National Trust walkway requires nerves of steel. Apparently there are several people a year that can't face the return journey and have to be rescued by boat.

15. Or take a train across Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland.

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Follow in the ghostly wake of the Hogwarts Express train across these 21 concrete arches from Fort William to Mallaig on the West Highland Line.

19. You could stow away on the Caledonian Sleeper.

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One of only two night trains in Britain, the Sleeper rolls for 500 miles between London and Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. Alain de Botton calls journeys "the midwives of thought" and this monster - from London at twilight to Loch Lomond at dawn - will birth untold imaginings.

22. You could take a canal barge across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

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Looking for the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain? This Welsh legacy from the Industrial Revolution spans the Dee valley and forms the centrepiece of the Llangollen canal.

24. Or even take a flight to Britain's most basic airport.

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Skip the airborne zoos heading towards Spanish resorts and take a Flybe from Glasgow to Barra in the Outer Hebrides. There are only twenty seats, and takeoff and landing depend on the tides, but it's worth the effort.