Carn Brea Hill, Castle And Monument
Discover Cornwall’s historic industrial heartland on this circular walk; it’s great for blowing away the cobwebs, especially in elemental weather!
My route heads southwest of Redruth up the prominent hill of Carn Brea, which is a distinctive landmark on the horizon that can be seen for miles around. There’s archaeological evidence of Neolithic enclosures as well as the 27 metre high Basset monument (1863) and Carn Brea Castle (an old hunting lodge built by the Basset family in the 18thC on the remains of a 14C chapel) to explore.
From Carn Brea To Carn Marth Hill And Amphitheatre
From Carn Brea the walk heads across to Carn Marth hill along old mining trails where you’ll see the remains of intensive tin mining, from chimneys to beam engine houses.
Heading up Carn Marth is an amphitheatre built into the hollow of an old quarry and at the top are two flooded quarries that create large natural ponds, and of course spectacular views as far as Falmouth Bay on the south coast. Make your way around to the trig point and you’ll see Portreath on the north coast and an impressive view of Carn Brea (the photo above).
From Carn Marth To Gwennap Pit
You then head down hill and along narrow country lanes, between Cornish hedges filled with wild flowers, to Gwennap Pit. Gwennap Pit is another amphitheatre built into a natural dip, thought to be caused by mine workings below, and is renowned as the place where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached to miners and their families in the 18thC. The route then heads back across fields to Redruth.
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