THE LAPPA VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY
runs on one of the oldest trackbeds
in Cornwall. Opened in 1849 as a mineral line from Newquay to East Wheal Rose, in 1906 it
became part of the Great Western Railway's Newquay to Chacewater branch line. This was
closed in 1963, and in 1974 Eric Booth, the founder of Lappa Valley, re-opened part of the
line as a narrow gauge railway.
|Board our fifteen-inch gauge steam train at Benny Halt and let Zebedee or Muffin take you on a two-mile return journey through beautiful Cornish countryside to East Wheal Rose.||
|At East Wheal Rose you can paddle
a canoe, play crazy golf, wander along the woodland walk, marvel at a magnificent mine
engine house, solve the puzzle of the maze, play on the slides and swings, and much more.
Our dramatic video film tells the tragic story of the mine and its miners and should not
be missed. Why not also enjoy lunch or home-made cakes in our licensed coffee shop, or
browse through the gift shop for interesting presents? Don't miss your rides on the
Woodland Railway, a children's favourite, and the 10¼ - inch gauge line to Newlyn Halt.
Here you have access to various walks as well as a good view of a nearby wind farm.
|Helping to conserve Cornwall's
The Lappa Valley site is home to at least 150 different wild flowers, ferns and trees. We have left many wild areas along the track to encourage native flowers, birds, butterflies and animals - see how many species you can spot! We are also working to preserve the historic listed mine buildings at East Wheal Rose. We have rebuilt the top of the 120-foot-high chimney, added a public access platform into the engine house, and in 1998 repaired the wall tops and lintels.
Your visit will help us in further conservation work.
Times & Dates 2004
|Our Location & How to Find Us|
|Four miles south of Newquay near the village
of St.Newlyn East. We are signposted from the B3075 Newquay-Redruth road and this is the
only suitable access route for coaches.
|We are also signposted from the A30 and A3058 (from this direction the lanes are narrow)|
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