Originally known as the Cornwall Minerals Railway, it was taken over in 1896 by Great Western Railway, who saw a gap in the market for passenger accessibility and used it to link Newquay, Perranporth and St Agnes which were becoming popular ‘seaside resorts’. But by 1960’s with more people being able to own a car, the rail network was assesed by the government with a number being deemed as uneconomic and forced to close. The branch from Newquay to Chasewater was one of them and last ran in 1963.
However, in 1973, a section of the old railway line was bought by an Eric Booth and Lappa Valley Steam Railway was born.
The steam railway isn’t all that Lappa has to offer, it is just the beginning. After buying your tickets at the station and having a play in the small play area, you jump onboard the train, which takes a ten minute ride to attraction. The end station is based at the side of a lovely sized boating lake, with the train then looping round the lake back to the starting station to collect more visitors and drop those of whom wish to leave.
Obviously the train and ride is the main attraction to all train loving children, but this final destination has a lot to offer too. It boasted the large lake, had canoeing, (if you felt brave) a smaller steam train experience rond a small lake for two laps, a brick lead maze with a bell in the middle to ring once you’d found your way, extensive, well equipped and for different ages play area, a steel tunnel hill slide, crazy golf, manual operated swinging chairs, small racing track, with push along and pedal tractors and bikes and a lovely cafe with indoor and outdoor seating.
The attraction as a whole as reasonably priced, as well as the cafe. The weather was perfect and the day was enjoyed by us all. It’s definitely somewhere we’d aim to revisit when we’re next on holiday in Cornwall. I’ve happily been recommending it to everyone I’ve spoken to.