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Mineral Tramways – Cornwall and Devon Mining

Mineral Tramways - Colin Bradbury Cycling

explore the historic landscape in and around the mining districts of Camborne, Redruth and Gwennap via a 60km network of mostly off-road multi-use trails, largely following the tramway routes that once serviced the region’s tin and copper mines from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries. The predominantly flat trails are ideal for beginners, novices and families and the coast to coast route can be cycled in just a few hours. Enjoy stunning scenery, discover historic mine sites and experience Cornwall’s rich mining heritage, with various picnic/refreshment stops and bike hire facilities en route. *See the Mineral Tramways Exhibition at King Edward Mine. 01872 323468

Cornwall and Devon Mining

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The landscapes of Cornwall and west Devon were radically reshaped during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by deep-lode mining for predominantly copper and tin. The mines, engine houses, foundries, new towns, smallholdings, ports, harbours, and ancillary industries so created, together reflect prolific industrial innovation which was to have a significant influence on the development of our modern industrial society.

The best surviving of these metal mining landscapes are recognised within the newly designated Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, or ‘Cornish Mining’, as inscribed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in July 2006. This places the historic mining landscapes on a par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is a serial inscription comprising ten principal Areas from St Just in the far west of Cornwall to Tavistock in west Devon. Together these total 19,700 hectares making this the largest World Heritage Site in the UK.