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Great Coastal Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo embarks on railway adventures around the coasts of the British Isles.

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Series 3: 7. Harlech To Abedaron

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 7. Harlech To Abedaron

Michael Portillo continues his railway journey in north Wales, tracking the coastline north from Harlech to skirt the Llyn Peninsula. \n\nBeginning on the shifting sands of Morf ...

14-07-2024

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Series 3: 5. Isles Of Scilly

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 5. Isles Of Scilly

Michael Portillo nears the end of his railway adventure tracking the rugged coast of south west England. He finishes in the westernmost reaches of England, in the Scillonian arc ...

10-07-2024

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Series 3: 6. Cardigan Bay To Abergynolwyn

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 6. Cardigan Bay To Abergynolwyn

Michael Portillo embarks on a railway journey around the ragged rocks of the western coast of Wales. He begins on the Victorian Cliff Railway at Aberystwyth, rising above the hi ...

10-07-2024

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Series 3: 4. St Mawes To Porthcurno

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 4. St Mawes To Porthcurno

Michael reaches the pretty Cornish fishing village of St Mawes, today an exclusive holiday destination for connoisseurs of yachts, fine food and luxury hotels. Michael takes to ...

08-07-2024

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Series 3: 3. Tintagel To St Austell

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 3. Tintagel To St Austell

Crossing the River Tamar via Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s magnificent Royal Albert Bridge, Michael leaves Devon for Cornwall and the rugged Atlantic coast of its northern sho ...

05-07-2024

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Series 3: 2. Exeter To Plymouth

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 2. Exeter To Plymouth

Michael Portillo reaches Devon’s county town, Exeter, dominated since the Middle Ages by its magnificent gothic cathedral. Michael joins the stonemasons charged with conse ...

03-07-2024

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Series 3: 1. Axminster To Budleigh Salterton

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 1. Axminster To Budleigh Salterton

Michael Portillo embarks on another journey exploring the shores of Britain. His first journey takes him from the magnificent Jurassic Coast to the rugged tip of the Lizard Peni ...

02-07-2024

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Series 1: 25. Milford Haven To Fishguard

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 25. Milford Haven To Fishguard

On the final leg of his rail journey along Wales's southern coastline, Michael Portillo reaches the country's most westerly station. At Milford Haven, Michael learns from the ha ...

07-06-2024

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Series 1: 24. Carmarthen To Pembroke

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 24. Carmarthen To Pembroke

Michael Portillo travels the breathtaking rural coastline of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in south Wales.\n\nFrom Carmarthen Bay, he tracks up the estuary and River Towy to ...

06-06-2024

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Series 1: 23. Port Talbot To Pembrey Burry Port

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 23. Port Talbot To Pembrey Burry Port

Michael Portillo’s rail adventure along the south coast of Wales reaches the town of Port Talbot, known across the world for its steel production. He marvels as tons of mo ...

05-06-2024

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Series 1: 22. Barry Island To Pyle

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 22. Barry Island To Pyle

Michael Portillo continues his south Wales coastal railway journey in Barry Island, where he investigates 'what’s occurring' at the busy docks. The waters upstream of the ...

04-06-2024

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Series 1: 21. Avonmouth To Six Bells

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 21. Avonmouth To Six Bells

Michael Portillo crosses the Severn Estuary to begin a new railway journey along the south coast of Wales. Eschewing the train through the 19th-century Severn Tunnel, he joins m ...

03-06-2024

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Series 1: 20. Mallaig To Isle Of Lewis And Harris

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 20. Mallaig To Isle Of Lewis And Harris

Michael reaches the terminus of the West Highland Line at Mallaig, from which he follows in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie over the sea to Skye. The island is renowned f ...

31-05-2024

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Series 1: 19. Fort William To Glenfinnan

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 19. Fort William To Glenfinnan

A ride to remember caps this leg of Michael Portillo’s railway adventure up the west coast of Scotland. Aboard the Jacobite Express, he crosses the awe-inspiring Glenfinna ...

30-05-2024

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Series 1: 18. Oban To Staffa

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 18. Oban To Staffa

From the fishing port and ferry terminal of Oban, Michael heads to the Hebridean archipelago. En route to the Isle of Mull, he watches eagerly for sea mammals in a stretch of wa ...

29-05-2024

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Series 1: 17. Helensburgh To Connel

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 17. Helensburgh To Connel

From the 250-year-old 'new town' of Helensburgh on the north bank of the Clyde, Michael Portillo takes his favourite West Highland Line across epic landscapes to Garelochhead an ...

28-05-2024

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Series 1: 16. Fairlie To Port Glasgow

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 16. Fairlie To Port Glasgow

Michael Portillo explores the magnificent western coast of Scotland by rail and ferry, from the Firth of Clyde to the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris. Travelling aboa ...

27-05-2024

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Series 1: 15. Farne Islands To Berwick-upon-tweed

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 15. Farne Islands To Berwick-upon-tweed

Michael’s journey along the coast of Northumberland continues towards the Farne Islands, takes in the holy island of Lindisfarne, and finishes in England’s northernm ...

24-05-2024

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Series 1: 14. Alnmouth To Bamburgh

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 14. Alnmouth To Bamburgh

Michael Portillo travels the length of the magnificent Northumbrian coastline with its glorious beaches and grandiose castles.\n\nIn the village of Alnmouth, he takes to the wav ...

23-05-2024

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Series 1: 13. Morpeth To Amble

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 13. Morpeth To Amble

Michael Portillo explores the wild and rugged coastline of Northumberland by rail. He begins today in Morpeth, where he finds a historic collection of Northumbrian bagpipes and ...

22-05-2024

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Series 1: 12. Newcastle To Lynemouth

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 12. Newcastle To Lynemouth

Michael Portillo continues his rail journey exploring England’s north east coast. Heading north from Newcastle, Michael discovers one of the city’s trendiest hotspot ...

21-05-2024

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Series 1: 11. Tynemouth To Bardon Mill

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 11. Tynemouth To Bardon Mill

The stunning coastline of Northumberland is the setting for Michael Portillo’s rail adventure from the city of Newcastle to England’s northernmost town, Berwick-upon ...

20-05-2024

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Series 1: 10. Thurso To Orkney

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 10. Thurso To Orkney

From Britain’s northernmost station at Thurso in Caithness, Michael Portillo heads for the ferry port of Scrabster to cross the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Islands. Passi ...

17-05-2024

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Series 1: 9. Lairg To Caithness

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 9. Lairg To Caithness

Michael Portillo's coastal railway journey takes him past lochs and castles on the Far North Line to Britain’s northernmost railway station at Thurso. From Lairg on the ba ...

16-05-2024

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Series 1: 8. Invergordon To Tain

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 8. Invergordon To Tain

Michael Portillo’s Scottish coastal railway journey reaches Invergordon on the Cromarty Firth, the third great inlet on the northeast coast of the Highlands. He arrives on ...

15-05-2024

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Series 1: 7. Cullen To Cawdor

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 7. Cullen To Cawdor

Beginning today on the Moray Firth, Michael admires the impressive Cullen viaduct before enjoying a bowl of Cullen skink at a family-run fishmonger of 150 years’ standing. ...

14-05-2024

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Series 1: 6. Inverness To The Cairngorms

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 6. Inverness To The Cairngorms

Michael Portillo crosses the Culloden Viaduct aboard the Caledonian Sleeper to arrive bright and early in the coastal city of Inverness, from where he heads north on a magnifice ...

13-05-2024

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Series 1: 5. Forvie To Peterhead

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 5. Forvie To Peterhead

Michael Portillo’s Scottish railway journey reaches Aberdeen. From the Granite City, Michael heads straight out to a dramatic piece of coastline 18 miles to its north. For ...

10-05-2024

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Series 1: 4. St Andrews To Stonehaven

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 4. St Andrews To Stonehaven

Michael Portillo reaches Leuchars, known today on the railways as Leuchars for St Andrews. Scotland’s oldest university, St Andrews is located on a beautiful beachfront. M ...

09-05-2024

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Series 1: 3. Stirling To East Neuk

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 3. Stirling To East Neuk

Michael Portillo begins this leg of his Scottish railway journey in the beautiful medieval city of Stirling. Michael learns it was a strategic city, situated where the Lowlands ...

08-05-2024

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Series 1: 2. Leith To Culross

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 2. Leith To Culross

Michael Portillo continues his 300-mile Scottish coastal journey along the Firth of Forth at the railway engineering icon for which it is famous throughout the world – the ...

07-05-2024

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Series 1: 1. Dunbar To Edinburgh

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 1: 1. Dunbar To Edinburgh

An epic stretch of Scottish coastline is the first stop for Michael Portillo as he begins a series of coastal railway journeys around the British Isles.\n\nSiccar Point, close t ...

07-05-2024

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Series 3: 20. Wells-next-the-sea To The Wash

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 20. Wells-next-the-sea To The Wash

Michael Portillo’s rail exploration of the eastern reaches of England is drawing to a close. His travels today begin on the smallest public railway in the world, the Wells ...

03-05-2024

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Series 3: 19. West Runton To Burnham Market

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 19. West Runton To Burnham Market

The oldest and largest mammoth ever found in Britain was discovered by walkers on the beach at West Runton in Norfolk. Michael Portillo examines a replica of the smallest bone i ...

02-05-2024

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Series 3: 18. Lowestoft To Great Yarmouth

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 18. Lowestoft To Great Yarmouth

Michael Portillo’s East Anglian coastal railway journey takes him to the treacherous waters off the Norfolk coast, which have sunk many ships and cost many lives. Michael ...

01-05-2024

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Series 3: 17. Woodbridge To Southwold

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 17. Woodbridge To Southwold

Michael Portillo reaches the Deben estuary on his coastal railway journey around eastern England. At Woodbridge, he is plunged in at the deep end on a rafting challenge with the ...

30-04-2024

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Series 3: 16. Canvey Island To Wrabness

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 16. Canvey Island To Wrabness

Michael Portillo embarks on a new railway journey around the coast of the east of England. He begins in the Thames estuary, where creeks separate Canvey Island from the mainland ...

29-04-2024

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Series 3: 15. Faversham To Chatham

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 15. Faversham To Chatham

Michael Portillo’s railway adventure zig-zagging the coasts of the English Channel and the Thames estuary nears its end on the north Kent coast. The pretty and historic to ...

26-04-2024

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Series 3: 14. Birchington-on-sea To Whitstable

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 14. Birchington-on-sea To Whitstable

Michael Portillo’s railway exploration of the Channel coastline and Thames estuary via Calais has reached the Isle of Thanet. Flat and temperate, it is excellent terrain f ...

25-04-2024

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Series 3: 13. Dover To Margate

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 13. Dover To Margate

Michael Portillo’s railway adventure along the north and south coasts of the English Channel resumes in Dover, where he recalls the biggest evacuation in military history. ...

24-04-2024

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Series 3: 12. Folkestone To Le Touquet

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 12. Folkestone To Le Touquet

Michael Portillo travels through the longest undersea tunnel in the world on the Eurotunnel shuttle rail service from Folkestone to Calais.\n\nIn Calais, Michael is reminded tha ...

23-04-2024

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Series 3: 11. Eastbourne To Rye

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 11. Eastbourne To Rye

Michael Portillo sets off on a new railway adventure to explore the twin shores of the English Channel and the estuaries of the Thames and Medway.\n\nAt Cuckmere Haven, he enjoy ...

22-04-2024

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Series 3: 10. Conwy To Colwyn Bay

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 10. Conwy To Colwyn Bay

Michael Portillo takes the train to the medieval walled town of Conwy on the last leg of his exploration of the shores of north Wales.\n\nOn a coastal ridge overlooking the estu ...

19-04-2024

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Series 3: 9. The Isle Of Anglesey

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 9. The Isle Of Anglesey

Michael Portillo resumes his railway exploration of north Wales on the Isle of Anglesey, where the briny waters of the Menai Strait are being used to create a Welsh gastronomic ...

18-04-2024

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Series 3: 8. Porthmadog To Anglesey

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 3: 8. Porthmadog To Anglesey

Michael Portillo steams through the glorious scenery of the Snowdonia National Park on one of Britain’s greatest heritage lines, the Welsh Highland Railway. Stopping off a ...

17-04-2024

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Series 2: 20. Fishbourne To Seaford

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 20. Fishbourne To Seaford

The final leg of Michael's journey begins in Fishbourne, the location of one of the most significant Roman sites in Britain. Heading into East Sussex, he makes for a British res ...

08-11-2023

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Series 2: 19. Lee-on-the-solent To Bosham

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 19. Lee-on-the-solent To Bosham

Michael’s journey has brought him to Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire, the coastguard's training centre. He finds out about their role in search and rescue and helps in one ...

30-10-2023

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Series 2: 18. Southampton To Isle Of Wight

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 18. Southampton To Isle Of Wight

Michael is in Southampton, one of the busiest ports on the south coast of England and home to the National Oceanography Centre. From the port, Michael takes a ferry to the Isle ...

25-10-2023

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Series 2: 17. Kimmeridge To Brownsea Island

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 17. Kimmeridge To Brownsea Island

Michael alights at Wareham to visit Dorset’s internationally renowned Jurassic Coast. Exploring the geology, he discovers black gold locked into its rocks and visits one o ...

18-10-2023

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Series 2: 16. Weymouth To Lulworth

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 16. Weymouth To Lulworth

Michael is on a rail journey across the southern coast of England, beginning in Dorset. In Portland Harbour, Michael takes to the water with four-time Paralympian Hannah Stodel. ...

11-10-2023

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Series 2: 15. Dun Laoghaire To Rosslare

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 15. Dun Laoghaire To Rosslare

Michael Portillo begins the final leg of his railway journey, beginning in the harbour town of Dun Laoghaire. He joins a crew of geological surveyors to discover what lies benea ...

04-10-2023

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Series 2: 14. Carlingford To Dublin

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 14. Carlingford To Dublin

Michael Portillo continues his railway journey along the Atlantic and Irish Sea coasts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.\n\nFrom Newry, he sets off to cross the b ...

27-09-2023

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Series 2: 13. Bangor To Belfast

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 13. Bangor To Belfast

Michael Portillo is in Bangor, County Down, en route to the Northern Irish capital, Belfast. Admiring the handsome waterfront houses, he recalls the resort’s prosperity af ...

20-09-2023

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Series 2: 12. Ballymena To Carrickfergus

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 12. Ballymena To Carrickfergus

Michael Portillo is in the glens of Antrim, where Ireland’s folklore and magical myths flourish and he is transfixed by tales of fairies and legends of the sea. \n\nAt th ...

13-09-2023

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Series 2: 11. Ballarena To Giant's Causeway

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 11. Ballarena To Giant's Causeway

Michael Portillo is on Northern Ireland’s spectacular Causeway Coast to begin a railway journey that takes him along the north and east coasts of Ireland through the provi ...

06-09-2023

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Series 2: 10. Grimsby To Humberston Fitties

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 10. Grimsby To Humberston Fitties

Michael Portillo has reached Lincolnshire, where his coastal railway journey from Middlesbrough ends. In Grimsby, he investigates an important new stage in the town’s hist ...

30-08-2023

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Series 2: 8. Scarborough To Bridlington

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 8. Scarborough To Bridlington

Michael Portillo is in the seaside resort of Scarborough to explore one of the greatest royal fortresses in England, before heading to the beautiful neoclassical Rotunda Museum, ...

04-08-2023

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Series 2: 9. Hornsea To Spurn Point

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 9. Hornsea To Spurn Point

Michael Portillo continues his journey in the pretty seaside resort of Hornsea, famous for its distinctive pottery. In Hull, he discovers how one of Hull FC’s star players ...

02-08-2023

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Series 2: 7. Whitby To Robin Hood's Bay

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 7. Whitby To Robin Hood's Bay

Michael Portillo continues his railway adventure at Whitby, where he explores the port’s shipbuilding and seafaring heritage.\n\nIn Grosmont, Michael boards the first stea ...

27-07-2023

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Series 2: 6. Middlesbrough To Boulby

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 6. Middlesbrough To Boulby

Michael Portillo’s coastal railway adventure propels him in search of the unknown universe in Boulby, North Yorkshire. Over a kilometre below the surface of the earth, in ...

18-07-2023

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Series 2: 5. St Bees To Maryport

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 5. St Bees To Maryport

On the last leg of his railway journey around the north west coast of England, Michael meets a lifelong fan of Alfred Wainwright’s famous guidebooks and takes the first st ...

10-07-2023

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Series 2: 4. Ulverston To Ravenglass

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 4. Ulverston To Ravenglass

Michael Portillo is in Cumbria, enjoying one of the most spectacular coastal railway journeys in Britain.\n\nIn Ulverston, he sets sail in a small craft with a lifelong devotee ...

05-07-2023

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Series 2: 3. Morecambe To Grange-over-sands

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 3. Morecambe To Grange-over-sands

Michael Portillo continues his rail journey. He looks out across the vast and beautiful Morecambe Bay and joins one of the town’s last shrimpers to learn how potted shrimp ...

26-06-2023

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Series 2: 2. Liverpool To Blackpool

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 2. Liverpool To Blackpool

From the Isle of Man, Michael Portillo crosses the Irish Sea, bound for the mighty port of Liverpool and its historic waterfront. \n\nAt the International Slavery Museum in Roya ...

22-06-2023

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Series 2: 1. Douglas To Port Erin

Great Coastal Railway Journeys - Series 2: 1. Douglas To Port Erin

Michael Portillo embarks on another railway adventure across and beyond the United Kingdom, beginning on the self-governing Isle of Man – a paradise for rail lovers.\n\nHe ...

15-06-2023

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