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Moors Valley 30th Anniversary Gala

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We love Moors Valley and visited once a week sometimes more during the Summer. Now the children are older they are able to ride their bikes from our house. Pretty much the first day of the holiday, Moors Valley was our first destination we picked up our Ranger Challenge packs (£1 each) and spent the summer working our way through the 40 challenges. They currently have 12 & 13 stamps (Moo has achieved one more!) including “high five a ranger”, now Autumn is coming we have fly a kite, puddle jumping and bark rubbing to get to grips with.

high 5 a ranger moors valley

Of course we ticked off riding the train and discovering the names of 3 trains on the first day. Last weekend Moors Valley celebrated their Railway's 30th Anniversary with a gala. Train riders were given the opportunity to learn more about the steam trains, their history and see behind the scenes of the railway.

Fun Facts :

 moors valley trains

  • Moors Valley Railway is the south's longest, fully signalled, narrow gauge 7 ¼ steam railway.

  • The main train ride is a mile long (I did not know this!)

  • Around 100,000 people ride the train each year (we've ridden it at least a dozen times in 2016 already!)

  • Up to 65 passengers can be carried at one time.

  • MVR is home to 21 locomotives, 40 coaches and 20 wagons I mean it's practically in the same league as Sodor!

  • All maintenance is done on-site and the team build engines for other people too.

  • Over 60 people work n the railway, the youngest volunteer is 13 years old and the oldest 90!

What's more the train really is the tip of the iceberg at Moors Valley. There's the play trail, parks, lakes and Go Ape to sink your teeth into. So whether you come for a whole day or just a few hours there is always plenty to do.  It's also the perfect place to hang out with friends. 

It's not only me that thinks Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is great! The prestigious Dorset Tourism Awards 2016 have shortlisted as finalists Moors Valley for not one but two categories ‘Access and Inclusivity’ and ‘Sustainable Tourism’.

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