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Luxulyan Valley and Prideaux Woods

Site description

Luxulyan Valley is a dramatic, heavily wooded, steep sided valley. Close to St Blazey, through which the River Par flows. The Valley retains an industrial and natural heritage of international and national importance. It was designated as part of the World Heritage Site in 2006. The valley’s mining heritage represents the physical manifestation of one man’s vision. Joseph Treffry's (1782-1850) vision was to exploit the valley’s mineral resources. Remains include the Treffry Viaduct, granite mine buildings. As well as later 20th century concrete structures, leats, tramways, mineshafts, adits and a waterwheel pit.

Both copper mining and then the later china clay processing industry are side-by-side.

Wildlife to look out for

There is so much wildlife to look out for. To name a few: Greater Horseshoe Bat, Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Pipistrelle Bat. As well as Bullfinch, European Otter, Song Thrush and Spotted Flycatcher.

Habitats include

  • Woodland
  • Mature broadleaved Carmears Wood is classified as Semi-natural Ancient Woodland
  • Old oak coppice
  • Paddocks
  • Watercourses


  • Wheel Pit in Luxulyan Valley
  • 2 small car parks at Black Hill and Ponts Mill
  • Unmade paths and tramways totalling about 7 km
  • There are no toilet facilities on site.

Grid reference

SX 05599 57262, SX 07418 55993

Further information

Cornwall's stunning Luxulyan Valley is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. It is set to undergo major conservation work. A heritage Lottery Fund development grant means that Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust can progress plans for extensive conservation. As well as the interpretation of the valley's industrial and natural heritage. This will include restoring the Treffry Viaduct to working order. Central to the plans is a programme of activities to encourage people to visit the valley. Along with creating opportunities for family learning and local schools. As well as involving local people in a range of training and volunteering opportunities.

To find out more and to get involved in the restoration project. Call the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202.

In 1997, The Friends of Luxulyan Valley formed. Its aim to help, promote, preserve and protect Luxulyan Valley. By influencing and assisting in the management of the site. The group promotes the history, and other aspects of the Luxulyan Valley through a series of events. For details of future events or to become a member please visit Friends of Luxulyan Valley website.

Cornwall Council are currently looking for tender applications for the grazing of 4 paddocks within Luxulyan Valley. For more information please contact Cormac on 0300 1234 202.

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