Carn Brea Camborne

Carn Brea Castle Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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Carn Brea Castle Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

If you want to get a real feel for Camborne and its surrounding area a great viewpoint is Carn Brea (Cornish: Karnbre) This rugged granite tor with its imposing granite monument, the Basset Memorial is a striking landmark clearly seen from many parts of Cornwall.
Footpaths and trails crisscross this moorland with the Great Flat Lode Trail – 7.5 miles circumnavigating the hill so this is a particularly fine area for walking, cycling or horse riding with views to the coast beyond. The monument on the summit of Carn Brea is 90 feet high and was built in 1836 to Lord Francis Basset, Baron de Dunstanville, a  mine owner who was revered by his employees.

Carn Brea Castle which also sits further along the ridge of the Tor is now a restaurant but can be traced back to 1379 probably built as a medieval fort and maybe used later as a hunting lodge by the Basset family.

View towards Camborne from Carn Brea Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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View towards Camborne from Carn Brea Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

There has been human settlement here since neolithic times with a population of 100-150 people living here. From the air the ramparts and walls can still be seen. There is also evidence of iron age mining in this area.

The moorland of Carn Brea is also a great place to look out for local flora and fauna. The moorland is covered in bracken, gorse and heather creating ideal environments for many native species.

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