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Coast to Coast Trail (Cornwall Mineral Tramways)

18 km / 11 miles

Cornwall
Full of contrast, this superb trail links the historic mining harbours of Portreath on the exposed Atlantic coast and Devoran beside the sheltered waters of Restronguet Creek. Mostly off-road, it passes through ancient woodland, heathland and the historic mining sites with remains of the Trevithick engine houses that provided motive power for the mines. As well as beautiful countryside and coastal views, the Trail passes many historic mine sites now transformed by nature. It passes via Cambrose and Scorrier down the Poldice Valley and the Carnon riverside.

It closely follows the line of two early horse-drawn tram roads, the Portreath Tramroad and the Redruth & Chasewater Railway. These were built to take copper ore from the then richest known mineralised area in the world - Gwennap, 'the Copper Kingdom'. The geology of the Redruth-Camborne area then made it the world's largest producer of tin and copper. The Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site marks the significant mining sites in this and nearby areas.

This is one of the Mineral Tramway trails which explore Cornwall's mining heartland. A further system of past Mineral Tramways in several linking multi-user trails are being developed across Cornwall as 'The Cornish Way' by the Countryside Service in partnership with Sustrans, in all some 180 miles.

Details of the trails, maps and downloads and information on the World Heritage Site are on the links below, with more useful links on the Camel Trail page. The trail was featured in the Railway Walks BBC series with Julia Bradbury.


Details:

Path Type
Other Paths
Attributes
Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route; Coast-to-Coast; Moorland; Industrial History
Start
SW655455 - Portreath, Cornwall
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Finish
SW789393 - Devoran, Cornwall
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

DVD
Leaflet
Mineral Tramways (Cornwall Council - 2013)
Leaflet
Cornish Way (Cornwall Council - 2012)
Paperback
Paperback
Julia Bradbury's Railway Walks (Frances Lincoln - 2010)

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Route Profile:

17.3 Km (10.7 miles)
218 m (715 ft) ascent
110 m (361 ft)  maximum height