Trains, Treehouses and Treasure at Perrygrove Railway
Having broken my ankle a couple of weeks ago and spending the first week cooped up inside, I was desperate to get outside. I had won some tickets to Perrygrove Railway in The Forest of Dean and it seemed like the perfect place to visit – if I didn’t feel up to much walking around, I figured that I could spend most of the day sat on a train!
We had never been to Perrygrove before, but passed it several times as it is very close to Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves. In fact, when we have been at Puzzlewood, we have heard the “toot toot” of the train whilst and seen a plume of smoke through the trees from the engines. There is something rather magical about steam trains and the ones at Perrygrove are in beautiful condition. We sat together in a carriage and enjoyed chugging through the woods.
On our way into Perrygrove, we picked up a couple of treasure trails for the girls. These were £1.90 each and had a series of clues with multiple choice answers on. Each were different as they came with a key to open a unique box. The clues provided the location (in the indoor village) to the right box. In order to find the answers to the clues, the girls had to look out for certain objects at the stations and at other locations around Perrygrove.
I could have happily stayed on the train all day, enjoying the gentle ride around the site, but obviously we needed to find the clues to the treasure boxes and there were other places to explore. After having lunch, we went to have a look at the treehouses. I had initially resigned myself to the fact that I would probably sit myself on a bench below the treehouses and watch the girls running between them on the platforms linking them together. However, after their initial exploration, they reassured me that I would manage just fine – and it was true! The walkways were wide, and study, with a steady incline up. It was lovely to be able to watch the girls having fun in and out of the little coloured houses.
To get down from the treehouses, you could either go back the way you came or alternatively go down a slide. Obviously, I passed on the slide! The girls were too scared to go down by themselves, so Rich went down with them each – I am not sure who enjoyed it most!
There was another play area at the other end of the site which the girls loved, and then after they looked in the woods for their last few clues, enjoyed an ice cream each they then went into the indoor village to find their treasure boxes. They opened them to find a balloon, badge and chocolate coins – needless to say they were overjoyed with their treasure!