Kit Hill Country Park
Last updated: 27/11/2013
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With its 400 acres (152 hectares) for public enjoyment, Kit Hill
Country Park is an ideal place for a wide range of activities
including bird watching, kite flying and picnics.
Kit Hill has always been an important site and has been shaped
by over 5,000 years of human activity. From its use by early
people for agriculture and religious purposes to the more recent
exploitation of its stones and minerals. The Hill is also
home to a wide range of flora and fauna, much of which depends of
its heathland habitats.
Located between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, this wild, rugged
granite hilltop is famous for its fine views and fascinating
history as well as its flora and fauna. With 400 acres (152
hectares), Kit Hill is the most dominant landscape feature in East
- The Quarry
- The North Engine Shaft (over 200 metres deep)
- South Kit Hill Mine (Opened in 1856, it reached a maximum depth
of over 100m. )
- Summit Stack built in 1858 for the Kit Hill Great Consols/
Kit Hill United mining complex and is a famous landmark. The
chimney served a steam engine that pumped water and lifted ore from
the deep mine workings.
- Walking Trail - there is an easy to follow way-marked trail .
Allow 2 hours to complete.The path is uneven and can be wet in
places. Please close all the gates.
- Horse Trail - there is a circular horse trail, way–marked
by wooden posts with blue arrows. Please do not ride on the
footpaths or the summit.
Kit Hill was given to Cornwall Council on behalf of the
people of Cornwall in 1985 to celebrate the birth of Prince
William. The site is managed by Cormac Solutions Ltd.
Look out for:
The Hill supports a variety of insects, reptiles, birds and
mammals. Cuckoo, Stonechats, skylarks and tree pipits nest in
the heathland, while birds of prey such as buzzard and kestrel hunt
overhead. Furry moth caterpillars are common on the heather and
during the summer months the sunny slopes are popular with basking
adders. Nature has even reclaimed mine workings with bats
roosting deep underground.
How to get there:
- Train - Gunnislake train station is
approximately 3 miles to the east. The Tamar Valley Line runs from
Gunnislake to Plymouth. Trains run daily all year.
- Bus - First Western National Number 79 runs
between Tavistock and Callington, passing Gunnislake
Station. On Sundays, the 190 bus stops at Kit Hill .
- Car - Main vehicular access is from the east,
off the link road between Monkscross on the B3257 and the top of
Silver Valley on the A390. You can also park at the foot of
the incline on the north side, just off the B3257. Please
have a look at the
online mapping system for the
location of Kit Hill.
In case of an emergency, the nearest public
telephone is located at Monks Cross. The grid reference of the
Summit Car Park is SX 37476 71380.