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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
North rail route is most scenic
Royal Border Bridge at Berwick-upon-Tweed
The GNER route through Berwick-upon-Tweed is named most scenic
A stretch of coast with views of Durham Cathedral has been named the most scenic rail route in Britain by a national magazine.

Country Life gave the title to GNER's Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed section of the East Coast Mainline.

It beat off stiff competition from the Settle to Carlisle line and the West Highland route to Fort William.

Country Life asked 100 famous people to help with the judging including television presenter Jools Holland.

GNER spokesman John Gelson said: "We're delighted and not at all surprised by the outcome of Country Life's poll.

"The route through County Durham and Northumberland is indeed a treat for all who travel with GNER, combining the impressive city skylines of Durham and Newcastle.

'Majestic arrival'

"It also takes in the unspoilt beaches of the country coastline, stretching north to the rolling hills of the Border country."

Also among the judges were historian and gardening writer Sir Roy Strong and author James Knox.

Mr Knox said: "The arrival into Newcastle from Berwick-upon-Tweed is majestic, with the bridges across the Tyne.

"These include the new Millennium Bridge, views of Georgian Newcastle and across to Gateshead and the new concert hall, not to mention the Angel of the North."

Mr Holland described the Berwick-upon-Tweed coast as "romantic."



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