Great Flat Lode Trail
This is a short, circular off road walk or cycle that circles the historic hilltop site of Carn Brea. The route is one of Cornwall's Mineral Tramway Trails which take you on a tour of the disused mines of the county. You will pass South Wheal Frances and South Crofty mines as you head through some beautiful Cornish countryside.
Good access points are Camborne or Redruth train stations, or the car park at Treskillard. The route runs for about 7 miles on an undulating path with some climbs on the way.
If you enjoy this trail you may also be interested in the Mineral Tramways trail which runs from Portreath to Devoran and also visits several historic mine buildings.
PostcodeTR16 6JX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Great Flat Lode Trail Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Great Flat Lode Trail Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Great Flat Lode Trail OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Great Flat Lode Trail Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Countryman Inn is located close to the start/end of the route. They have a good menu and a nice outdoor seating area with views of the little village. You can find them just to the north of the car park in Piece, Carnkie with a postcode of TR16 6SG for your sat navs.
If you climb up to Carn Brea hill you could visit the wonderful restaurant inside Carn Brea Castle. Set in the 18th century castle the restaurant serves high quality food. You can also explore the historic building where you can gain access to the roof for excellent views over the area.
The trail is a good one to do with your dog so you'll probably see other owners as you make your way along the path. The Countryman Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly in one of the bars and in the outdoor section.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you head a couple of miles south east from the trail you will come to Stithians Lake. The expansive reservoir has some nice waterside walking trails to try.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.