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Kit Hill – Cornwall and Devon Mining

Kit Hill Summit stack

at just over 333m (1000’), and additionally because of its prominent mining stack, Kit Hill stands out as the highest point on the Hingston Down granite ridge. With stunning 360 degree views over east Cornwall, west Devon and the Tamar Valley, there are miles of footpaths and innumerable archaeological remains to explore and discover. The Hill is managed as an Open Access Country Park by Cornwall Council, with particular emphasis on the maintenance of Lowland Heath, guided walks and events take place all year round. 01579 370030

Cornwall and Devon Mining

Wheal Trewavas

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.