UK’s most remote stations

Steps away from Corrour station

You’re enjoying the warmth and comfort of a train, but then it pulls up at your stop. You step onto the platform, the trains pulls away and you realise quite how remote this station is. There’s nothing beyond the tracks apart from silence, countryside and adventure. Remote stations – perfect.

Experiences such as this can be found throughout the UK, with remote stations allowing you to reach places that roads often cannot. I’ve searched railways maps and compared to hiking routes on Viewranger to find 7 amazing stops, starting with the most famous.


Corrour

The highest mainline station in the UK, on the line between Glasgow and Fort William. Corrour is also a stop on the Caledonian Sleeper train route, with London being 12 hours away. There’s a small cafรฉ at the station.

๐Ÿฅพ Various hikes, including loops back to Corrour and a 35km hike to Fort William
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
Signal Box

Corrour railway station

Beaulieu Road

Found in the depths of the New Forest, this tiny station is on the mainline between London and Weymouth and was built for the local Lord in return for allowing the line to pass through his land.

๐Ÿฅพ Numerous easy hikes connecting to the forest network, including to Lyndhurst, an 18km round-trip
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
Lime Wood

Beaulieu Road railway station


Dent

Located along the spectacular Settle to Carlise line, Dent is, 350m above sea level, one of the UK’s highest stations. Snow fences keep drifts off the track and the views down the valley are spectacular.

๐Ÿฅพ The best hike is a linear station-to-station hike, 14.6km long and ending at Ribblehead station
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
The Lister Arms

Dent railway station


Sugar Loaf

This remote station is on the Heart of Wales line – an incredibly scenic route running between Craven Arms in Shropshire to Llanelli. Very few passengers use the station, and there are few facilities nearby.

๐Ÿฅพ Across the road you’ll find a trail up through remote woods to a couple of the local peaks
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
The Cammarch Hotel

Sugar Loaf railway station


Nethertown

Nethertown is a request stop on the Cumbrian Coast line between Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle. It’s situated right on the seafront and the only cafes and shops are in Egremont, 4km away.

๐Ÿฅพ Although the route now requires diversions, the Cumbria Coastal Path passes right along the station
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
The Corner House

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Nethertown railway station


Altnabreac

This really remote Scottish station is 11 km away from the nearest road and 11 miles 18 km away from the nearest village. It runs between Wick and Inverness and had only 408 passengers use it in 2019.

๐Ÿฅพ A very remote walk takes you 24km from Altnabreac to Forsinard station
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
Keeper’s Cottage

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Altnabreac railway station


St Keyne Wishing Well Halt

Along the scenic Liskeard to Looe line, which follows the beautiful Looe Valley, this is one of Cornwall’s most remote stations.

๐Ÿฅพ Take the train from Liskeard and, after reaching St Keyne, walk on down the valley to Looe
๐Ÿ›๏ธ Recommended accommodation:
Watermark B&B

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St Keyne Wishing Well Halt railway station


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