The Mineral Tramways
Last updated: 22/10/2013
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The rich mining area of Cornwall's central mining district
benefits from a 60km network of multi activity 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. The
network of trails offers people a unique opportunity to access a
wide area that is rich in mining heritage.
Many of the 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
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.
Thirteen mining villages within the project area have also had
improvements made to them and new interpretation panels which 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 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
Tin and Fishes Play Script
The play was commissioned by the St Just Heritage Area
Regeneration Project in partnership with the World Heritage Bid
Office to bring to life issues connected with the local mining
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
To print out the play script
- Print landscape, starting with all the even page numbers.
- Feed the paper through the printer again to print all odd
number pages on the reverse, saving paper by printing back to
- 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.
Please use the links above to access a wealth of useful
information relating to the Mineral Tramways Heritage Project.