A TRAIN journey through the heart of Lancashire has been named one of the 10 best in Britain by a new book.

The trip along the Colne to Blackpool South line, which goes through Nelson, Burnley, Accrington and Blackburn, is in ‘On The Slow Train Again’.

It is written by Michael Williams – a journalism lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire who has been a former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday as well as head of news and features at The Sunday Times.

He describes the 50-mile journey as the ‘most charismatic’ in the country.

In the book he adds: “This is a railway on few people’s tourist map, yet the slow train across the industrial heart of Lancashire offers more concentrated riches, mile for mile in terms of landscape and heritage, than anywhere else.”