Mineral Tramways Trail
There are 6 trails which also link in with other trails such as the Engine House Trail.
These trails are for walkers, cyclists and equestrians and highlight the area's 19th century mining history. The trails are...
- Tehidy Trail - this is a 2.5 mile (4km) trail with some steep sections but otherwise relatively flat that runs through Tehidy Country Park, former home of Sir Frances Basset, whose memorial can be seen on top of Carn Brea to the south. Fans of Poldark might also recognise his name as he features in the story several times as a minor character.
- Portreath Branchline Trail - this is a 5.5 mile (8.8km) trail which connects the coastal village of Portreath with Illogan, passing under the Portreath Incline and using the route of the Portreath Branchline where possible. A mix of quiet roads and off-highway links extend the trail through to Cornwall College at Pool and on to Tuckingmill Valley Park where the trail follows the Red River Valley to Brea.
- Tresavean Trail - this is a 1.1 mile (1.8km) trail which is generally level and off-road. The Trail follows the Tresavean branch of the Hayle Railway and passes through an area of abundant wildlife providing expansive views of Carn Marth, and to the distant clay tips at St Austell. A recreated section of railway can be viewed close to the remains of Tresavean Mine.
- Great Flat Lode Trail - this is a 7.5 mile (12km) trail. This circular route has some steep sections but is mostly off-road taking you through a mixture of farmland, heathland and old mine sites. Interpretive boards and name plates at important sites and on interesting buildings are provided for trail for walkers, cyclists and equestrians. Information boards are aloso located at Camborne and Redruth Libraries, The Countryman Pub, Piece; Brea Inn, Brea and Wheal Basset Inn, Carnkie.
- Coast to Coast Trail - this is a 11 mile (17.5 kms) trail which is generally level and mostly off-road. The Coast to Coast Trail provides the user with a unique opportunity to literally ride or walk across Cornwall in a day, from one coast to another as the trail links the historic mining harbour of Portreath on the North coast and port of Devoran on the South coast. Enjoy spectacular scenery and a variety of wildlife as the trail passes through ancient woodland and heathland. The trail gives a unique insight in to the area’s mining heritage as you pass by historic mine sites now transformed by nature. This trail also links in with the Wheal Busy Loop and the Redruth and Chacewater Railway Trail which in turn links in with the rest of the network of trails.
- Redruth and Chacewater Railway Trail - this is a 7.7 mile (12.4km) trail which is based for the most part on the route of the original Redruth and Chacewater Railway. It is mostly level and off road, and occasionally crosses the public highway. This trail links in with the Great Flat Lode Trail, the Tresavean Trail and the Coast to Coast Trail.
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