The Mineral Tramways Heritage project
Last updated: 19/06/2012
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The rich mining area of Cornwall's central mining district
already benefits from a 31km network of multi activity trails. A
further 29kms of activity trails are currently being created by the
Mineral Tramways Heritage Project and are due to
open during 2009. The new trails will link in with
existing routes such as the Coast to Coast and the Great Flat Lode
Trails and, being mainly traffic-free, will offer improved and
safer access to schools, places of work, local facilities, historic
settlements and visitor attractions. The eventual 60km network of
trails will also offer people a unique opportunity to access a wide
area that is rich in mining heritage.
Many of the new trails closely follow the tramway and railway
routes once used to transport ore and vital supplies to and from
the area's many tin and copper mines to ports such as Devoran and
Whether you are a walker, cyclist or horse-rider, the expanded
network will offer a wealth of opportunities to exercise both mind
and body. It will combine better access to the carefully conserved
remains of this unique mining area with spectacular views,
exceptional wildlife and healthy activity.
The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project is also
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.
Thirteen mining villages within the project area have also had
improvements made to them and new interpretation panels will help
bring to life the exciting story of an area that sparked pioneering
developments and was once the richest in the country.
The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project is a £6 million
Regeneration Project. It is 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
Please use the links above to access a wealth of useful
information relating to the Mineral Tramways Heritage Project.