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Engine House Trail

Where: The Cornish Way

Distance: 24 miles (38.7km)

Overview: From the remains of the old foundries in Hayle to the engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall's industrial heritage are everywhere along this trail. This is a multi-use trail trail for walking, cycling and horse-riding.

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The Engine House Trail is a 38.7km which explores the Camborne-Redruth mining area. Most of the route is off-road or follows minor roads, but some sections are along more major roads. Some sections follow and are co-incident with the Mineral Tramways route.

From the remains of the old foundries in Hayle to the engine houses scattered throughout the landscape, the reminders of Cornwall's industrial heritage are everywhere along this trail..  The route from Hayle follows quiet minor roads to Camborne before utilising an existing and largely traffic-free route along the base of the ancient monument of Carn Brea to Redruth. This whole area was once the thriving centre of the most intensively mined region anywhere in England. Hundreds of silent, engine houses, linked by disused paths and tramways, still cover the landscape. Leaving Redruth, the trail passes through the old mining village of Carharrack before joining more old tramway routes to Bissoe as it makes its way to the cathedral city of Truro.

More information can be found in the leaflet published by Cornwall  Council and Sustrans:  The Engine House Trail

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