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Mineral Tramways

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Network of trails image; photo of a mine shaft along the network of trails

The rich mining area of Cornwall's central mining district benefits from a 60km network of multi activity trails. The trails link in with existing routes such as the Coast to Coast and the Great Flat Lode Trails and, being mainly traffic-free, offer improved and safer access to schools, places of work, local facilities, historic settlements and visitor attractions. The network of trails offers people a unique opportunity to access a wide area that is rich in mining heritage.

Many of the trails closely follow the tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore and vital supplies to and from the area's many tin and copper mines to ports such as Devoran and Portreath.

The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project is responsible for the careful conservation of twelve important mining sites in the area, boosting the number of heritage sites and shafts that have already been made safe, therefore enabling them to be enjoyed by future generations.

Thirteen mining villages within the project area have also had improvements made to them and new interpretation panels will help bring to life the exciting story of an area that sparked pioneering developments and was once the richest in the country.

The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project is a £6 million Regeneration Project. It is managed by Cornwall Council and funded by Objective One, the South West Regional Development Agency, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Parish and Town Councils in the Project area.

Please use the links above to access a wealth of useful information relating to the Mineral Tramways Heritage Project.


Maps and Guides

Public Transport

Public Transport information relative to the Mineral Tramways Heritage Project:

Website: www.traveline.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)
Tel: 0871 200 22 33

Cornwall Council Highways
Tel: 0300 1234 222

Cornwall Passenger Transport Unit
Tel: 0300 1234 222
Website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/buses (information regarding bus services and public transport)

Tel: 01209 719988 (message service giving numbers to call for different enquires).
Tel: 0845 600 1420 (time table enquiries)

Train enquiries
Tel: 08457 484950 (Camborne, Redruth and Truro are on the main line. Perranewell Station is on the Falmouth to Truro branch line)


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