A pleasant surprise today… I called Great Western and managed to get a sleeper berth to Penzance in may for 49 pounds. I booked a place for the bike which rides for free.
Happy with that, I then called Virgin for my leg from Manchester to London and got that for 8, yes 8, pounds. The bike is booked and travels for free. I realise I purchased pretty early and off peak, but 57 pounds for this trip is, I think, a real bargain.