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The Mineral Tramways




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 Portreath.

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 area.

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 industry.

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 below.

To print out the play script

  1. Print landscape, starting with all the even page numbers.
  2. Feed the paper through the printer again to print all odd number pages on the reverse, saving paper by printing back to back.
  3. Simply staple the pages together and you will have a book.


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.

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Countryside team

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