London Steam Railway Holiday
This is a lovely, easy going start. We meet at Gerrard’s Cross Station early afternoon, check in, then we are off to Chalfont. The very best electrified branch line awaits – to Chesham and back amid Chiltern countryside! Our afternoon continues to Beckonscot – a truly remarkable place and the world’s oldest model village. We arrive at the Bull in plenty of time to enjoy our first evening meal together.
Well, well, well (that’s’ 3 more holes in the ground! – as they say!), but gawd blimey, then we are going to be bowled over unless we keep a good eye in! So, – to London we go for the London Eye, POST OFFICE TUNNELS and, don’t you know (!), Lords Cricket Ground. You’ll want to go home tomorrow ‘cos this day cannot be bettered.
But it can! – to an Ongar world for an Epping experience! No coach today as we’re off by train to Marylebone, then the “over ground” to Stratford and an underground train (that isn’t!) to Epping. Heritage, heritage, heritage abounds with vintage buses, diesels and “Ongar vapeur” all amid the splendid Essex countryside and Epping Forest. We then reverse the journey to Stratford, take the Docklands driverless light railway to Royal Victoria Dock, then “fly” with Emirates over the dock and the Thames by cable car to the O2 (dome). An epic day concludes by Clipper, cruising the Thames via Tower Bridge and all the sights to Waterloo and then rail back to Gerrards Cross. Can this be bettered?
Only joking! – of course it can be easily bettered, as we set off to the home of motor racing and aviation – Brooklands, of course, and now the home of the best bus/transport museum in the whole of Chertsey! Ever had a Great Cockrow experience?! Then join us for one! Tea, buns and cakes at the most incredible small gauge railway in the world. Enough to make your eyes water? – next is the Watercress Line – “over the Alps” between Alton and Alresford. This completes a day that definitely can’t be bettered.
A lovely last morning includes tea/coffee or whatever at Boulters Lock (Thameside), then our privately chartered Salters Steamer (that doesn’t!) takes us to Windsor. On board will be a buffet lunch to enjoy during the very best Thames cruise. An excellent end to an excellent five day holiday. Homeward bound journeys commence from Gerrard’s Cross early afternoon.
The Bull Hotel – Gerrard’s Cross