It’s full steam ahead for Britain’s heritage railways this year. Many lines reported record passenger numbers last year, and with the UK looking forward to welcoming more overseas visitors in 2011, these attractions, exemplifying the very essence of British tradition, are set for another bumper year. My Favourite Holiday Cottages has rural properties nationwide. Here are just a few cottages ideally placed to spend some time on the rails.

The final section of the Welsh Highland Railway connecting the North Wales coast at Caernarfon through the heart of Snowdonia to Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog will be opening in April this year Stay nearby at Clytiau Teg in Gwynned, a lovely barn conversion sleeping up to 7 people with views towards Snowdon (7nts from £400).

Shephards Cottage, near Plymouth

The South Devon Railway runs along the stunning valley of the River Dart between Buckfastleigh and Totnes, offering a treat for people of all ages. Passengers can hop off en-route to visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm and Dartmoor Otters & Buckfast Butterflies. Stay at 4*Shepherds Cottage on Carswell Farm. Set right beside the coast near Plymouth the cottages are ideal for families of any size, and even have their own private cove. (7 nights from £550 sleeps 6).

Pickering station, with its traditional tea rooms, is the perfect start to the North York Moors Steam Railway Whitby. Just 15 minutes walk from the station, Keld Head Farm Cottages, a group of nine traditional stone built barns restored by expert local craftsmen, provide an ideal family base for exploring the railway and the countryside beyond (7 nights from £364 sleeps 2 – 4).

Travel in the 1913 Observation Carriage for a panoramic views of Bluebell's this May, on the Sussex Bluebell Railway For easy access stay at Parlour, Rose or Stable Cottages, part of a small working family farm, near Lewes . All properties are single storey and the two larger cottages suitable for people with limited mobility. (7 nights in Rose Cottage from £276 sleeps 2).

One of the best places to admire the Severn River is from the train. The Severn Valley Railway runs for 16 miles through beautiful countryside and knockout views from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, and back. Treat yourself to a little luxury at The Barn in Whitbourne where guests can book a concierge and maid service, spa treatments and lots more besides. (7 nights from around £1,000 sleeps up to 6).

The Barn at Whitbourne

All the cottages above are available via Contrary to most holiday rental sites My Favourite Holiday Cottages offers direct access to an owner’s website upfront. Select your favourite and one further click links directly to the cottage owners’ own website.

“An owner’s website is more personal and will reveal the character of the cottage” advises MD Rick Bond. “We drive potential bookers to a property's own website. Enquiries from a property's own website are three time more likely to convert to a booking than an enquiry from your advert”

Ends. February 2011.

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