De-stress Days Out

Tuesday 25th August 2020
In the current climate, it’s understandable that things may be starting to get on top of you and a day out in the great British outdoors could be just what the doctor ordered.

So why not lower those cortisol levels (your body’s major stress hormone) by safely travelling somewhere new by rail to completely switch off, get some fresh air and indulge in some ‘me’ time.

Not sure where to go for a much-needed change of scene? Whether you want to soak up panoramic vistas in Cumbria or enjoy some fresh sea air on the Yorkshire coast, there are plenty of wonderful destinations across the TransPennine Express network ideal for a relaxing day trip.

1. Walk along the River Ouse in York

The River Ouse In York

If you’d like to clear your head with a dose of history, you can’t beat York. The former Viking settlement in the heart of Yorkshire is known for its cobbled lanes and magnificent structures like the towering York Minster.

Like the sound of visiting, but aren’t sure what there is to do to relax in the great outdoors away from others? Why not consider a stroll along the River Ouse which runs right through the heart of York? From the train station, make your way into the walled city along Station Road until you hit the riverside. From there, follow the Ouse east until you reach beautiful Rowntree Park where you can find a nice spot to sit and read or take in the green surroundings before popping in for a cuppa in the park’s cosy, pet-friendly Reading Café

2. Clear your head on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat Edinburgh

If you like the sound of Edinburgh for your de-stress day out, another spot worthy of a mention is the city’s well-known Arthur’s Seat peak. Formerly an active volcano, it’s now one of the best walking spots in the area and where you’ll be able to soak up spectacular panoramic views of Edinburgh.

Plan a leisurely walk up to its summit and look forward to complete serenity and silence as you gaze out across historic rooftops and lush countryside. On a clear day, you can even see the glistening North Sea on the horizon!

3. Go on a hike in the Lake District

Two Dogs In The Lake District 

Have a canine companion who you’d like to bring with you? Well if you’re both feeling a long walk, a scenic day out with your dog in the Lake District is definitely achievable by rail. Hop on a TransPennine Express train to Oxenholme or Penrith where you’ll find numerous walking routes which take you through gorgeous, green countryside.

Alternatively, disembark further north in Carlisle and hike along a section of the ancient Hadrian’s Wall. As some of the route may go through fields with livestock, make sure you keep your pooch on the lead and look out for warning signs about bulls and calves.

All of our trains are pet-friendly, plus we won’t charge you any extra for bringing your dog on board with you. Nonetheless, there are a couple of things you may want to take note of if you’re planning a day out with your doggy by rail: 

  • We only let two dogs per person on any of our trains and you’ll need to make sure that they stay on the lead for the entire journey. 
  • Pets aren’t allowed to sit on seats or tables as a courtesy to other passengers. 
  • Smaller pets – including animals such as cats – can also be taken on our trains, however they’ll need to be placed in a pet carrier.

We also welcome guide dogs and hearing assistance dogs on all of our trains. What’s more, our friendly train staff are always on hand to offer additional assistance should you need it.

4. Stroll along the Ancoats canals in Manchester

Ancoats Manchester

You might not think a big and bustling city like Manchester is a great place to go for a relaxing stroll, but just beyond the city centre are numerous neighbourhoods perfect for those looking for a peaceful walk to spend alone time.

One of these areas is trendy Ancoats that’s less than ten minutes by foot from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations. The up-and-coming neighbourhood is criss-crossed with canals which make great walking routes, plus it’s also dotted with boutique stores, coffee shops, cafés and wine bars. Particularly great spots to grab a drink or a bite to eat include Ancoats General Store, Elnecot and Northern Eudaimonia.

5. Wander around the tranquil Botanic Gardens in Glasgow 

Glasgow Royal Botanic Gardens Glass House

Sometimes some fresh air and a leisurely stroll in beautiful surroundings is exactly what the doctor ordered – and that’s more than achievable in Glasgow. The creative Scottish city is home to several green spaces perfect for a walk, including the beautiful Botanic Gardens in the West End district.

Boasting manicured themed gardens (including a fragrant herb garden and a world-renowned rose garden), it’s a real paradise for those hoping to be at one with nature. Whilst the indoor facilities remain closed due to COVID-19, there’s plenty to enjoy in the stunning grounds, just remember to check beforehand for opening and closing times.

6. Have a day at the beach in Scarborough

Scarborough Docks

Looking for some brisk sea air to clear your head? A walk along the beach might be just what you need. Situated at the end of one of our North TransPennine lines, Scarborough is a quintessential British seaside town with sandy beaches and plenty of spots along the coast to enjoy some delicious fish and chips.

Scarborough is easily navigable by foot and you’ll find both the North and South Bay beaches are easily accessible. If you’re keen to see more of the town on your day trip, one of Scarborough’s star attractions – its 12th century castle –  is a great place to enjoy scenic views of the sea and town. Just remember that you’ll need to book your timed visit in advance due to current restrictions on visitor numbers.

Feeling motivated to plan a relaxing day out and take some ‘me’ time away from everything going on? Remember to book your train tickets in advance through our website or app and benefit from discounted prices and peace of mind when planning your journey. You can also see everything we’re doing to keep you safe on our travelling with us section of our website.

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