There was some intent mid-way through this thread from some users to document trips they'd taken on public transport to walking areas. But the thread is a mess of off-topic arguing (important debate, but makes the whole thing long and cluttered regardless). So, mostly out of a desire to create a list of options for myself (which i figure will be useful for others) I wanted to make a thread dedicated to public transport options. Many of us don't own/have access to cars or planes, or choose not to use them for a host of reasons. Let's not debate that or talk about ryanair flights to Norway on here. This is for train and bus trips please. So, without further ado, I'll keep an index here or potential rail and bus stops that are reasonably accessible to good walking country. I've compiled some from my own experiences and from that aforementioned thread. I've put more info on the areas I have actual experience with. Resources/General tips -Trainline - though I've been told sometimes prices can be inflated - I haven't got my head around it yet. -Hitchwiki - mostly only useful for big cities - but in those cases super useful for figuring out how to get out. It's particularly useful on the fly if a driver is going to a big city between you and your destination, so you don't get stuck in the centre. -Manin61 is apparently good for train trip planning -Apparently you can save money on tickets by buying all the stages individually (if you can be arsed), even though you would be on the same train. E.g. you put in your trip on trainline, click on the "calling points" button and then buy tickets for each stop I think? -Booking in advance generally saves money, but I've also purchased next day tickets for Exeter and London cheaper than they were initially available for a month in advance. Prices fluctuate, and while they generally trend upward, it's always worth checking (that's the idea of this index - if you have a holiday on short notice, or want to be flexible with weather, you can search from trips of this index without needing to lock yourself into a trip months in advance). -Bustimes.org England Dartmoor -Ivybridge (train) -Exeter St David's (train), bus to Okehampton from right outside and walk up past the camp straight onto the moor. Lakes District -Windmere (train) then bus to Langdale, Coniston or Keswick -Lancaster (train) then bus to Ambleside -Lancaster (train) then Ravenglass for Eskdale (train) -Penrith then bus to Keswick Peaks District -Edale (train) -Hathersage (train) Yorkshire -North Allerton (train), bus to Hawes in Wensleydale - suggested walking of 2 days along the Pennine Way to Malham cove where one can hitch back to Settle train station. South West Coastal Path Apparently lots of areas are well connected by bus/train (haven't looked into it). -London>Penzance sleeper service is sometimes very reasonable and makes good use of time -Weymouth or Upley (train) then walk to Haven Point (2 days) which leaves you not too far from Wareham Station (walkable), Poole and Bournemouth (busses available, Bournemouth walkable along seafront). New Forest Brockenhurst (train), plenty of bus connections/campsites from there to do a loop through the New Forest Wales It's useful to know that a week of travel on Arriva busses is only £17.50 Snowdonia Betws (train) - supposedly busses to pen y pass (et al) from there Bangor (train) - supposedly busses to pen y pass (et al) from there Aber (train or bus) - for north carneddau Brecon's Beacons There are some busses between villages if you wish to start elsewhere than the two main points i've suggested, and hitching between them is easy. -Train to Cardiff, bus to Merthyr Tydfil (bus is about a fiver). Once in Merthyr you can wander along the resevoir into the hills, but it's equally easy to hitch if you want to skip a bit of road walking (first car stopped for us). Getting back to cardiff is a super easy hitch, but of course the bus is cheap. I think it's only another £2 to get a return bus ticket to/from Merthyr. -Newport (train), bus to Brecon. Not much of a walk up from the town. Pembrokeshire coastal path -Haverford West (train) -The 404 Fishguard-St David's Service runs along most of the path. Offas Dyke Bodfari and Llangollen are well connected by bus/train. Scotland -The Cal Mac ferries are apparently very affordable. Cairngorms -Aviemore (train) - The sleeper can work out well (it's cheaper if you book a seat and can tolerate sitting for that long), and has the advantage of being direct, time efficient and stopping near useful shops. -Blair Athol North-west -Iverness is well connected apparently. France There are not-too-expensive trains to France if you book at the right time. If you have time, I've taken a bus to Paris for a tenner with Flixbus before. Jura - Cheap busses from Paris if you have the time. Nice - There are several busses that go several hours up into the Mercantour alps. Gorgeous hiking, bus was 1 euro when i used it over summer. Pau - Probably the easiest train station to get to for the Pyrenees. Busses up to Gavarnie (or elsewhere) weren't more than 2 euros from memory. You might have to go via Lourdes. Grenoble or Chambery - Bus up to Briancon to hike along the GR5, or Modane to get directly into La Vanoise. Alternatively just walk straight up out of Grenoble for less frequented mountains. Grenoble isn't a popular tourist city, but it's beautifully situated, and within 3 hours of leaving my friends inner-city apartment on foot, we'd climbed about 1000m and had views to Mont Blanc.