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“Great place to walk/cycle”

The Great Flat Lode Trail
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Lovely trail, nice wide walkways suitable to walking, cycling and horse-riding. Many areas are flat, however can be a hill to climb to get onto the track. We lived near the Redruth side and it was a 10 minute walk to get the track and from it we could access Carn Brea Hill which is great for walking up. There are lots of pathways to get up the hill, although some are narrow with more difficult footing (not a proper path). Great place to go all year round.

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

This trail is fantastic for cyclists, horse riders, runners and walkers alike. We do all of the above except horse riding and love it, especially when it's been wet and it gets a bit muddy! You can't beat a good cycle ride in the mud! It's only 5 mins from our house so we go a up there a lot. Very pretty and very quiet, although you do encounter a couple of roads they are very quiet.

Thank Charlotte J
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a good spot for a family walk or bike ride, mix in the mining buildings and that adds to its value. Can be a bit exposed to the wind in the winter, but still lovely on a crisp winters day.

1  Thank swcomputers
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

I have always been interested in the industrial history of our country, and the GFLT provides a valuable insight into how important tin and copper were to Cornwall during the 18th and 19th centuries. The trail consists of a signposted walk of some 3 miles that passes by many of the most famous mines from the county's past, such as Basset, Grenville, Dolcoath, and Condurrow.

Needless to say, these days the mines can't be accessed; during their working lives, they had to be constantly pumped out to lower the ever infringing ground water and as such were permanently plugged. As far as I know, the only two remaining mines that can be accessed to a reasonable level by the public are at Geevor, near Pendeen, and the Poldark mine, about 7 miles south of Redruth near Wendron.

I parked my car in Dolcoath Road in Camborne which runs down the the very heart of the Trail and on a fine day, set off on my walk.

My walk takes me on a meandering course through rocky, industrialised landscapes, adorned with prickly gorse and wild flowers, passing not only the derelict engine houses but also old store rooms, pump houses, warehouses, and thousands of old "blow holes" that permitted a somewhat limited amount of fresh air to permeate the workings below.

The scale of the workings here was staggering; there were at least thirty mines in an area of a couple of square miles, all of which made a profit and all of which tapped into these resources for at least 150 years. The last one closed in 1997 when it became no longer commercially viable to remove the tin ore due to a falling world demand for the metal and the cost of pulling it from the ground.

There are a few plaques and small information boards along the route which enable you to make the most of what you are seeing. The sheer number of old mines is staggering, one after the other sat upon what were once the richest tin and copper seams in Europe. The engine houses were all constructed from Cornish granite which is why, apart from the long since decayed timbered roofs, they have stood here in almost pristine condition for 200 years.

Although the Trail is waymarked, it crosses very rough ground and it would be inadvisable to wander too far off the Trail. It’s fairly common to read in Cornish newspapers of huge holes that have opened up overnight in someone’s garden, evidence of old workings that were never capped properly.

I walked along the Trail to its end, and found it a quite a solemn and reflective couple of hours, not just because of the fact that this industry has now been lost forever, but also for the thousands of miners who toiled here across three centuries.

3  Thank GBfromDevizes
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