Tell two small boys that today they will be visiting somewhere they will get to ride on not one but three trains and you are already onto a winner.Add that they can also play crazy golf, have a go in a canoe, find a really good play area and have a maze to run around? Perfect.
Lappa Valley Railway is tucked away near Newquay, and I have to admit we wondered if we would find it, as the signs were few and far between.Our faith was rewarded however and we pulled into the car park in time to catch the first train ride of the day.To get from the car park to the main part of this attraction is your first rail journey, a good start and a very pleasant trip through woodland.
The two other trains run on a regular timetable and there is plenty to fit in while you are waiting.
I was persuaded to accompany my six year old on the, thankfully shallow, canoeing lake – a new experience for both of us.The trick here I found, was to just try and balance the enthusiastic but largely ineffectual child’s rowing on the straight bits and persuade them to stop when you need to do a tricky manoeuvre such as turning a corner!
The next rail journey is on a tiny version of a 125 Intercity which takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the attraction.Open to the air, the ride was surprisingly fast.The kids loved it
The site also includes the ruins of East Wheal Rose Engine House, a maze and a play area with a real old-fashioned wooden roundabout, the like of which I haven’t seen (or had a go on – I couldn’t resist) since childhood.
The third train of the day was the diesel engine The Duke of Cornwall, which takes you for a half mile journey through woodland to a picnic area, or you can go straight back for more fun. The 20-hole Crazy Golf course was also a real hit although a fair amount of cheating went on.
I must mention that all the staff were really friendly and enthusiastic and recommend the lovely coffee shop which serves very nice light meals.The whole day out was a pleasure even though the weather was rather grey and wet.Two thoroughly tired but happy little boys took the train ride back to the car park at the end of the day.
To find out about opening times, admission and to have a discount voucher e-mailed to you visit their website at www.lappavalley.co.uk or contact them at Lappa Valley Railway, St. Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5HZ