The Engine House Trail

The Engine House Trail

Hens An Jynjyow (Hayle to Truro)

Horse ridersFrom the remains of the old foundries in Hayle to the engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall's industrial heritage are everywhere along this trail.

Description of the trail

The total length of the Engine House trail is 24 miles (38.7km).

Starting from Hayle

Leaving the golden sands of Hayle behind, it follows quiet minor roads to Camborne before utilising an existing and largely traffic-free route (part of theMineral Tramways Project) along the base of the ancient monument of Carn Brea to Redruth. This whole area was once the thriving centre of the most intensively mined region anywhere in England. Hundreds of silent, engine houses, linked by disused paths and tramways, still haunt the landscape. Leaving Redruth, the trail passes through the old mining village of Carharrack before joining more old tramway routes to Bissoe as it makes its way to the bustling cathedral city of Truro.

Download The Engine House Trail leaflet which includes a map and further information about the trail.

How to get there

There are a number of ways that you can get to the Engine House trail.

Rail: you can catch the train to Hayle, Camborne, Redruth and Truro which are on the mainline.

Car: View a map of the trail to find out how to get there by car. 

Bus: buses run to many of the nearby towns and villages.  You can find information about timetables and tickets on the public transport page.

Facilities and parking

Cost: Free

Bike hire: is available at Hayle, Redruth, Bissoe and Devoran

Refreshments: There are a number of restaurants, pubs and cafes in Hayle, Camborne, Redruth and Truro

Toilets: View the interactive map which shows where the public toilets are located across Cornwall.

Car parks: There are a number of car parks in Hayle, Camborne, Redruth and Truro.  View the car park locations, charges and facilities page to see where the car parks are located and find out about charges and facilities.

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