Where: Mineral Tramways
Distance: 5½ miles (8.8km)
Overview: The trail connects Portreath on the north coast with Brea Village and Penhallick Leats, and links with the popular Great Flat Lode Trail. It includes some sections of highway and one main road crossing.
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The Portreath Branchline Trail is 8.8km long and follows the route of the old Portreath railway. This is a multi-use trail for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The trail connects Portreath on the North coast with Illogan, and follows the Red River Valley to Brea and Penhallick Leats. The trail includes a mix of quiet roads and off-road trails and a a major road crossing. The trail follows the former route of the Portreath Branchline of the Hayle Railway, a steam locomotive branch constructed in 1836. It linked the engineering works and harbour at Hayle with the copper mines around Redruth and Camborne. The branchline terminated above Portreath and was connected to the port by a double tracked incline. Wagons were raised and lowered by a stationary steam engine at the top the hill. The Portreath branch closed in 1936.