A selection of suggestions and notions regarding possible itineraries covering the length and breadth of Britain.

Scott's View

Aboard the Queen of Scots luxury Train, destinations far and near graciously whisper their invitations. Ancient Leeds Castle, reflected in its romantic lake set in the depths of Kent; or perhaps through the wooded Chiltern Hills, passing sleepy hamlets that have remained virtually unchanged for centuries, to Stratford-upon-Avon, to see the Royal Shakespeare Company. Historic towns such as Bath or York or Chester, famous stately homes and castles that sound like a roll call of British history - Woburn, Blenheim, Chatsworth - or, perchance, no serious destination at all, but just the shear joy of travelling in old fashioned elegance and style.

Castle Howard

From the Imperial Baroque splendour of Britain's largest station, Waterloo in London, to the tiny private station built solely to serve Dunrobin Castle at the top of Scotland, from stations with improbably spelt names hidden in Welsh valleys, to lines cut through impossible mountain ranges, the Queen of Scots can travel the length and breadth of Britain over almost all of the nation's railway lines.

The Ante Room at Syon with ancient columns found on the bed of the River Tiber

If a line were to be built between Settle and Carlisle, it would have to be by spanning valleys with stupendous viaducts, and piercing mountain heights with enormous tunnels; deep cuttings would have to be blasted through the rock; and mile after mile of high embankments would have to be piled on peaty moors, on some parts of which a horse could not walk without sinking up to his belly. However great the obstacle that lay in their path, they had simply one of four courses to take - to go over it, or to go under it, or to go round it, or to go through it: but go they must.

From "THE HISTORY OF THE MIDLAND RAILWAY" Pub 1876