I did muse and mooch over the price of getting to and from a walk thats not on your doorstep last year. Trains came out the worst in terms of cost effectiveness but then a quick look over the weekend made me reconsider. It all came about when I was looking to see if I could get down to either Dartmoor or Exmoor by train instead of the car. Having gone down to one car, its not always possible to drive to a walk now, especially a weekend involving camping. So, looking at the internet I was surprised at how cheap I could get down to the West Country if I was prepared to go at certain off peak times.
Case in point, I wanted to see if I could get to Exmoor next month by train and if so how much would it cost. Its not as easy as you think and yet when I had finished the exercise I was quite pleased. A train from my home town in South Wales to Taunton, then a bus ride to Bishops Lydeard, then a jaunt on the West Somerset Railway to Minehead. Alight here and walk along the McMillan Way for 35 miles to Barnstaple (including camping along the way of course!). Catch the train from Barnstaple all the way back to South Wales (via Exeter). Cost? £30 all in