10 April 2014

a family walk

Not so much a family walk, but an outing, but all the same we went on a little adventure on Sunday to visit the steam train at Bitton on the Avon Valley Railway.

We've visited Bitton a few times, once on a stop off on a cycle ride to Bath, and another just the boys to ride the diesel train. But this was our first time riding the big steam engine. In fact I think, if you can believe it, it was the first proper time Theo has ridden on a steam train. Gasp! For a massively train obsessed child you would have thought he'd have been on thousands in his three short years, but asdie from mini steam engines and the one at the Mshed, this is (it can't be though?!) the first time we've travelled in proper carriages pulled by a large steamy. So obviously very exciting for us all.

We had a lazy morning and eventually left the house to meet my Mum and Andy for our little adventure, and purchased our tickets in the traditional waiting room, we had a quick packed lunch on the platform whilst Theo entertained us by running around waving his new flag and pointing out all the very exciting things around the station!

Once again I got a little snap happy, so click below to see the rest!





After a short while the train pulled in and filled the platform with that enticing smell and billowing clouds of steam. We went to take a look at the engine, and Theo discovered that in fact the steam close up isn't that great!

Theo spent most of the journey with his head out the window watching the countryside rush by, feeling the wind and hearing the noises of the train gathering speed. He stepped back inside to excitedly get his ticket stamped by the conductor, and ran down the corridors of the carriage.
We stopped at a station down the line and watched the engine change direction before taking us back on our way. Our tickets meant that we could stay on the train for as long as we like, taking how ever many journeys we wished, and we noted that next time, in perhaps warmer weather it would be a nice idea to get off the train and walk a mile or so to a nearby pub for lunch before returning and alighting the train back again.

We finished our journey with one very tired out boy, and headed home to cook a roast dinner to finish off our lovely Sunday adventure!

25 comments :

  1. WOW your pics are fantastic!! Looks like a fab day out!!! :) xx

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  2. lovely photos! will visit when we are there! great place!

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  3. what amazing pics, i love the old trains , seems more fun x

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  4. I love steam trains, such a great way to travel - wish there were more around as they're so much fun! Looks like you had a great day out!

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  5. Your photos are always so fantastic. This looks like a great day out! Would be fab for my 'choo choo' loving two.

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  6. Fab place to visit! Our eldest son (now16!) was mad on trains and we visited several local steam train lines near here when he was young. He loved the old trains with the compartments!

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  7. oh wow it looks like an amazing place to visit - we are lucky to have the North Yorkshire Steam Railway near us and my boys adore it.

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  8. F went on this train at christmas to meet Santa claus and loved it. definitely worth another visit I think. Love Theo's face in these pics x

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  9. Your pictures are beautiful! What a lovely day out x

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  10. Lovely pictures. Looks a great day out x

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  11. Looks like a fantastic day out! We're overdue a visit to the steam railway near us!

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  12. What fun, I've never taken Cherry to anywhere like this, I really must! Gorgeous pics x

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  13. the shot of him with the Thomas flag is great! It's so lovely he has something like this he is really into. x

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  14. That looks like a great day out. We have a steam railway not too far from us and it is always a lovely day.

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  15. you take such lovely photos! love trains and such, so this looks great.

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  16. Steam trains are brilliant, my little Theo would also have loved this day out!

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  17. No wonder you couldn't choose which photos to add - you've got some amazing ones! I love the pic of his little shoes on the window ledge looking out. What a perfect outing for a little boy who clearly love his day trip :)

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  18. This looks like a great day. My kiddies would love this and would go choo choo mad :-) beautiful pictures! x

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  19. What great photos! It sounds like you had the best day, it looks awesome. What a great outing. No wonder he was shattered :)

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  20. This place looks amazing - I loooove vintage trains and I really want to go here, with the little man of course. Beautiful photos as always and what a lovely family day :)

    Laura x

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  21. Fabulous! I love a steam train, and all three of mine have been Thomas fans over the years, tho our youngest has yet to see a real one- it's on our list of must dos for this summer!

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  22. What a lovely place to visit! I love the photograph of him looking out of the window - fab!

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  23. We went to a railway station yesterday, I love the smell of the steam trains

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  24. This looks like so much fun, such a lovely day. I have a train-loving toddler too, so something like this would be perfect (and much better than the tube!)

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