Itinerary for train travel in England and Scotland

I need some help creating an itinerary. I have several places and cities I want to visit in England and Scotland and would like advice on what's the best order in which to see them, based on train travel to and from each one. Very broadly they include London, Oxford, Bath, the Cotswolds, the Lake District and Edinburgh
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  • Hi Phyllis,

    You can start south and make your way north. Assuming you're starting in London, I would actually do it exactly the same as you listed them out.

    For this much travel in the UK, your best option would be to purchase the BritRail Pass. The BritRail Pass covers ticket costs for trains in England and Scotland, as well as Wales. For the BritRail Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/britrail-pass-5891.

    Oxford and Bath themselves are gateways to exploring the Cotswolds; Oxford positioned at the the eastern end and Bath serving the south(western) end. The rail would depend on your specific destination in the Cotswolds. If you have a need to go more central, you can take the train to Stroud or Cheltenham; it just depends on what you want to do.

    The station serving the Lake District in Windermere.

    London to Oxford

    Direct trains from London to Oxford only take about 1 hour. The BritRail Pass is all you would need to board.

    For planning purposes, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to view schedules for these trains. To access schedules for trains in the UK, you would have to be sure to leave the 'I have a rail pass' unchecked.

    Oxford to Bath

    Connections from Oxford to Bath take about 1.5 hours in duration and involve changing trains once at Didcot Parkway along the way. The BritRail Pass is all you would need to board these trains.

    Once again, you can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to check schedules for these trains. When searching trains to Bath, you would type 'Bath Spa' in the field for the arrival city.

    When you're in Oxford, there is a rail line that runs from there right through the Cotswolds to Moreton-in-Marsh, Evesham, and Worcester.

    Bath to Cheltenham (Cotswolds)

    Direct trains from Bath to Cheltenham take about 1.5 hours. Otherwise, there are connections from Bath to Cheltenham that take about 1 hour and involve changing trains once in Bristol Temple Meads en route. The BritRail Pass is all you need to board these trains.

    You can use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) just to check schedules for these trains. When searching trains to Cheltenham, you would type 'Cheltenham Spa' in the field for the arrival city.

    Cheltenham (Cotswolds) to Windermere (Lake District)

    Connections from Cheltenham to Windermere take about 4 hours and involve 2 train changes along the way; once in Birmingham and the once in either Preston or Oxenholme. The BritRail Pass is all you need to board these trains.

    You can again use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to check schedules; however, this search would need to be broken up. For this trip, you would do one search from 'Cheltenham Spa' to Birmingham and then another search for the part of the connection from Birmingham to Windermere.

    Windermere (Lake District) to Edinburgh

    Connections from Windermere to Edinburgh take 2.5 to 3 hours in duration and involve changing trains once in Oxenholme along the way. The BritRail Pass is all you would need to board.

    You can again just use the route search feature under 'Book Train Tickets' on our homepage (www.raileurope.com) to check schedules for these trains.
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  • Hi, Jeff,
    This is a huge help! Thank you so much for taking the time to work this out with me. I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to my trip!

    Phyllis
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