The Mineral Tramways

The Mineral Tramways

Image showing a horse and cyclist on the mineral tramway

The rich mining area of Cornwall's central mining district benefits from a 37.5 mile (60km) network of multi activity trails. Many of the trails closely follow the tramway and railway routes once used to transport ore and vital supplies to and from the many tin and copper mines in the area to ports such as Devoran and Portreath.

Who can use the trails?

The majority of the trails are traffic free and flat and are suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.  They are also wheelchair and buggy friendly.

Some of the trails have steep sections which are ideal for mountain-bikers and more experienced walkers.

Description of the 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.

Download the Mining Trails guide to find out about each of the trails including the length of the trail, where to park, points of interest and whether it's suitable for you.

You can also find out about the heritage and scenic sites on or near trails.

How to get there

There are a number of ways that you can get to the mining trails:

Rail - you can catch the train to Camborne and Redruth which are on the main line

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

Car - View a map of the trails to find out how to get there by car and see where the car parks are located.

Facilities and parking

Cost: Free

Bike hire: is available at Bissoe and Redruth. 

Refreshments: There are a number of pubs and cafes in the nearby towns and villages with many offering local produce.

Car parks: There are a number of car parks located along the trails.  View theMining Trails guide to see where they are located.

Activities along the trails

Tin and Fishes Play Script

The Tin and Fishes is an original piece of theatre written by St Buryan-based writer Pauline Sheppard and premiered at Geevor Tin Mine on 20 July 2006. It tells the story of changes in the lives of people in the former mining town of St Just from 1971

The amateur stage performance rights to the play script are held by Cornwall Council which has made a web version of the script freely available for educational and community use, you can download the Tins and Fishes Play  script and print it following the instructions below.

  1. Print landscape, starting with all the even page numbers.
  2. Feed the paper through the printer again to print all odd number pages on the reverse, saving paper by printing back to back.
  3. Simply staple the pages together and you will have a book.

Great Flat Lode Trail children's activity pack

Download the Children's Activity Pack - the trail activity sheets are designed to give you fun things to do as you journey along the trail. Keep your eyes open and score yourself one point for every task done. Good Luck.

Mineral Tramways Heritage Project

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.

The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project was a £6 million Regeneration Project, 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. 

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