Can thoughly recommend this train journey for the whole family - although be aware that the commentry is in French,
It is a two hour journey each way, with a change of trains 1/2 way. The scenary is stunning, vinyards, castles, mountains etc, all at about 30kph. Unlike some other train trips, my 5 year old did not fall asleep on the way back.
There is a great (heated) swimming pool at Axat, which is a lovely thing to do at the end of the journey up the line. However be warned, there is no restaurant at the swimming pool despite being told there was at the station in Riversaltes. The swimming pool has a snack machine (crisps, choc bars, cold drinks) and a coffee (instant) machine.
***** Take a picnic with you *****
Also, if you take the 09:30 train from Riversaltes, you arrive at around 12 noon in Axat. Axat closes down at 12:00 to 14:00. So there is no using the swimming pool slide for the kids before 14:00. The train back is at 14:30.
Also, if you don't take a picnic (we wanted to eat at the swmiinig pool "restaurant"), you can make a booking for a restaurant in town, and there were two shops open, a patisserie (with bread phew!), and a small newsagent, which had some ham and cheese - the others (including the "general store") had closed for lunch.
We will be going on this train journey again.
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