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The Mineral Tramways Project

The Mineral Tramways Project

Why not take a walk around the sections of the 'Mineral Tramways Project'. There are at present almost 20 miles (32 km) of walks and tracks through the mining heartlands of Mid and West Cornwall. These include the 'Great Flat Lode' Trail, the 'Coast to Coast Trail' - Devoran to Portreath, 'The Redruth - Chasewater Railway Tramway' (Opened 1826) and the 'Tresavean Trail' as well as trails through the mining villages of Lanner, Carharrack and St. Day. There are aims to have nearly 50 miles (75km) of walks available by the end of 2008. The bid to become a World Heritage Site was successful and granted in July 2006. Its aims are to treat all Cornish mines as a site of Global importance - rather akin to the 'Jurassic Coast' Heritage Area nominated for Dorset in 2004. There is no charge to use the trails and the resource is open all year round. See Heritage Trails being created at the Cornwall County Council site for more information.

Granite sleepers on the former Redruth-Chasewater Railway near Bissa Pool

Take a Coast to Coast Walk from Portreath to Devoran
along the Portreath Mineral Tramroad.

For more information, please contact:-
The Mineral Tramways Project,
c/o King Edward Mine,
Near Camborne,
Telephone: +44 (01209) 614681
Grid Ref SW664389

Plaque at Point Mills Arsenic Refinery on the former Redruth-Chasewater Mineral Railway

There are eleven main metalliferous areas in Cornwall. A section dedicated to each area has been set up to complement the successful World Heritage Site Bid of 14th July 2006. Cornwall in Focus will be visiting these areas over the coming months to take photographs and describe each area in turn. At present there are over 80 dedicated pages to the major mines of Cornwall. Click the hyperlinks on the left hand margin to be re-directed.
The areas in question are: Penwith; St Ives Camborne, Redruth & Illogan and St. Agnes; and the Wendron area in the west; Gwennap and the Carnon Valley in mid Cornwall and a large area bounded by St. Austell, and Wadebridge to the Caradon Mining District and Tamar Valley Mining District centred on Callington, Calstock and Gunnislake in the east.

Why not learn more by turning up to one of the many events on the Mineral Tramways Festival. See local press for more information.

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