Kit Hill Country Park
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 Cornwall.
- 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.
The leaflet is also available from local businesses, shops and cafes around Kit Hill, Tourist Information Centres and from Cornwall Council's Environment Service (0300 1234 202)
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.