Rail travelers can make use of a fast service connecting Exeter, Plymouth, and Penzance. First Great Western and South West Trains serve the region from London's Paddington and Waterloo stations. Average travel time to Exeter is 2½ hours, to Plymouth 3½ hours, and to Penzance about 5½ hours. Once you've arrived, however, you'll find trains to be of limited use in the West Country, as only a few branch lines leave the main line between Exeter and Penzance.
Regional Rail Rover tickets provide three days of unlimited travel throughout the West Country in any seven-day period, or eight days in any 15-day period; localized Ranger passes cover Devon or Cornwall.
National Rail Enquiries (0845/748–4950. www.nationalrail.co.uk.)
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