GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Redruth Walks - Near and Around

9 miles (14 km)

This Cornish town has some nice walking trails exploring the settlement's rich mining history. There's also some local hill climbs where you can enjoy views towards the nearby coast.
This circular walk from the town climbs to the hill fort at Carn Brea before picking up the Great Flat Lode Trail and exploring the mining heritage of the area.
The route starts at Redruth train station and follows roads west to Carn Brea village. From here you can climb to the hill fort at Carn Brea and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding area to the coast. There's also an historic castle with a fine restaraunt.
The route then heads west towards Camborne, passing the Tramways centre before turning south to Carn Arthen and Carn Entral. The trail takes you through Higher Condurrow to the disused Greenville Mines. Here you turn north east to Newton Moor, Treskillard and Carnkie before turning north to return to the town.

Redruth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Redruth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Redruth

  • Carn Brea - This walk explores the ancient Carn Brea hill fort and the Bassett Monument above Redruth in Cornwall.
  • Stithians Lake - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this country park near Redruth in Cornwall
  • Great Flat Lode Trail - This is a short, circular off road walk or cycle that circles the historic hilltop site of Carn Brea
  • Kennall Vale - This nature reserve near Falmouth has a series of walking trails to follow
  • Truro - Truro is notable as Cornwall's only city and mainland Britain's southernmost city
  • Tehidy Country Park - Explore 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes at Tehidy, near Portreath, in Cornwall
  • Mineral Tramways Trail - This is a fabulous, largely traffic free ride or walk, from Portreath to Devoran
  • Portreath - This north Cornish fishing village has a pretty harbour and two popular sandy beaches
  • Hayle Estuary - Enjoy a walk or cycle around the beautiful Hayle Estuary RSPB reserve in Cornwall
  • Carn Marth - This circular walk visits the Carn Marth outdoor theatre and the surrounding quarries in the Redruth area of Cornwall.

Pubs/Cafes

For some really delicious fish and chips head to Greg & Lou's. You can find them ay 9 Higher Fore Street with a postcode of TR15 2AJ for your sat navs.
For a great pub atmosphere head to the Miners Arms. They have an outdoor area and a good selection of drinks. You can find them at 20 Plain-An-Gwarry, TR15 1JB.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the south eastern outskirts of the town you'll find the splendid Carn Marth. The hill is a fine place to explore with another excellent viewpoint, a pretty quarry lake and an outdoor ampitheatre which runs performances during summer.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.

Photos

Fore Street, Redruth - geograph.org.uk - 1360436

Fore Street, an outdoor market on Murdock Day 2009.

Cornish Miner Statue, Redruth - geograph.org.uk - 1903992

Cornish Miner Statue, Redruth. The Redruth Public Realm Working Party's Mining Art Group commissioned this bronze sculpture of a Cornish miner by David Annand. It stands that two metres tall and was erected in April 2008. It is a wonderfully dramatic artefact, expressing energy, power and in one sense immense optimism (in its stance and positioning). From another point of view, one might associate it with a kind of crucifixion, which might symbolise the fate of the ordinary miners not only in Cornwall, but everywhere. However one interprets it, it is a dominant feature in the centre of the Redruth and demands a response.

Mini Tin Mine marks road in to Redruth - geograph.org.uk - 1441433

Mini Tin Mine marks road in to Redruth. This is a small replica of a tin mine just outside the town.

Basset De Dunstanville monument over Carn Brea - geograph.org.uk - 1048513

Basset De Dunstanville monument over Carn Brea. View taking in the monument and castle as well as the general granite landscape of the hilltop.

Redruth Town Centre from the West - geograph.org.uk - 97840

Redruth Town Centre from the West

The View from Carn Brea - geograph.org.uk - 354870

The View from Carn Brea. Looking north over the landscape between Camborne and Redruth. The darker blue just beyond the land horizon is the sea.

Daubuz' Engine House at South Wheal Francis - geograph.org.uk - 534684

Daubuz' Engine House at South Wheal Francis. This engine house used to contain a 30 inch winding engine which was also capable of performing pumping duties. It operated between 1880 and 1918.

Entrance to the King Edward Mine Museum with Chickens - geograph.org.uk - 529256

Entrance to the King Edward Mine Museum with Chickens. Getting the tin ore to the surface was only the start of the process of producing the "black tin", an ore concentrate good enough to be smelted to produce ingots of "white tin". The problem was that the ore (cassiterite) does not occur in large pure lumps but is mixed in with other minerals in the vein. To remove this waste material involves a complicated processes of crushing and separation with the aid of water by several different types of machinery. This museum preserves the buildings and machinery which used to perform these operations. It offers a fascinating insight into an industry now vanished from Cornwall and into the means of industrial production in an age before electricity. The museum is located at the western end of the route, south of Camborne.

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