Mineral Tramways

Portreath Beach Cornwall photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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Portreath Beach Cornwall photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

There are a great number of trails around Camborne often using the old tramways and paths left fom the mining industry. The network now covers 60km of trails thanks to the Mineral Tramways Project which is a £6 million regeneration project managed by Cornwall Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, SW Regional Development Agency, Objective One, Cornwall Council and Parish and Town Councils. These have been resurfaced to provide ideal trails for walking, cycling or horse riding.

Coast to Coast Trail  Car Free Day Out MW01
11 miles (17.5km)

An old mineral tramway which has been converted into a multi-use trail running from Portreath to Devoran on the south coast.
Suggested Start Point: Portreath Beach Carpark, Coast to Coast Cycle Hire at the Bike Barn, Cambrose.
Generally level and mostly off road this trail connects both coasts from Portreath in the North to Devoran in the south. Enjoy spectacular scenery and a variety of wildlife as the trail passes through ancient woodland and heathland. Suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding.

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South Wheal Frances Mine Camborne Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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South Wheal Frances Mine Camborne Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

The Great Flat Lode Trail Car Free Day Out MW02]] 

7.5 miles (12km)

The trail encompasses many of the major mines of the Camborne area. These majestic buildings provide a sense of the history of the area as you walk the trail.

Suggested start point: King Edward Mine Museum
This is a circular trail that circumnavigates Carn Brea. The trail derives its name from the seam or lode of ore that lay in a relatively ‘flat’ line in this area allowing ease of mining. The trail encompasses the major mines of the Camborne area. These majestic buildings provide a sense of the history of the area as you walk the trail. Here are just some of the mines that you will discover as you follow the trail – South Wheal Frances, Dolcoath Mine, East Pool & Agar Ltd, Basset Mines, South Crofty, Grenville United Mines, Wheal Uny Mines.

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Tehidy Trail – Car Free Day Out MW03

2.5 miles (4Km)

North Cliffs near Portreath Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography
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North Cliffs near Portreath Photo courtesy of Jacquie Wilkes Photography

Suggested Start Point: East Lodge Car Park, Tehidy or Portreath Beach Carpark
Suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding. You can also link this trail with Portreath Branchline trail which runs from Portreath to Camborne.

This trail  is 2.5 miles in length and can be linked to the SW Coast path to create a circular route of approximately 5 miles. Tehidy Woods can be accessed from East Lodge, South Lodge or North Cliffs Car Parks. Tehidy Country Park encompasses 250 acres of mature woodland, the largest wooded area in Cornwall and the trail takes along its length running in a parallel line with the North Coast. Suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding. You can also link this trail with Portreath Branchline trail which runs from Portreath to Camborne. The trail is mostly flat but does have some steeper sections.

For more information click here http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/3625017/Tehidy-Country-Park-Map.pdf

Portreath Branchline Trail – Car Free Day Out MW04

5.5 miles (8.8km)

Suggested Start Point: Portreath Beach Carpark

The Portreath Branchline Trail links Portreath with Illogan, Camborne and Higher Brea and links with both the Tehidy Trail and the Great Flat Lode Trail.

Mineral Trail sign
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Mineral Trail sign

The Portreath Branchline Trail links Portreath with Illogan, Camborne and Higher Brea and links with both the Tehidy Trail and the Great Flat Lode Trail. The trail can be found by walking from Portreath Beach Carpark. Walk in a landward direction along the main road, then take the road on the right taking you under an old railway bridge.As you walk along you will see an unusual building / folly with castle like turrets. There is a trail sign here showing you the path up the steep hill and through woodland to Feadon Farm. The trail then takes you to Park Bottom, partly along quiet roads. After this it is all off road, passing Cornwall College and Tuckingmill Valley Park. The trail then follows the Red River to Higher Brea and the disused buildings of South Crofty Mine.

For more information click here https://www.cornish-mining.org.uk/sites/default/files/Mineral_Tramways_Mining_Trails.pdf

Portreath Circular walk – Car Free Day Out MW05

This walk includes the south west coast path west of Portreath with the Tehidy Trail and Portreath Branchline Trail to create an exhilirating  circular walk of coast and countryside.

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