The history along the Mineral Trails
Great Wheal Busy | Killifreth Mine
An optional loop can be taken through the deciduous Unity Wood. Don’t be fooled though; this is every bit as hollow as the rest of the trail!
Reaching Wheal Busy, the Wild West theme is continued; here, in 1810 a gun battle broke out after a dispute with a neighbouring mine. The Wheal Busy miners came out on top and appear to have gotten away with it!
Returning to the trail you will see Hawke’s Engine House at Killifreth Mine. Built in 1920; this is the tallest still standing engine house in Cornwall!
Standing 240m above sea level; the monument to Francis Lord De Dunstanville Basset is the most prominent landmark in West Cornwall. This granite obelisk standing nearly 27.5 metres high was built in 1836.
From this lofty site, within an Iron Age round over 2000 years its predecessor, the finest views of both north and south coastlines can be found.
Carn Brea | Basset Lodge
Boasting magnificent views overlooking both Redruth and Camborne, Carn Brea stands up to 225 metres above sea level. From the ridge of Carn Brea the best views of West Cornwall are taken in and are a reminder of the importance of the Bassett family to this area.
The iconic Carn Brea Castle also stands proud on the hillside. It is understood this 14th century castle was extensively rebuilt in the 18th century as a hunting lodge by the Basset family.
King Edward Mine
Great Consols | Wheal Maid Valley
South Wheal Frances | Wheal Basset
Restronguet Creek Mine
The wildlife along the Mineral Trails
With its long wings and long legs it can be distinguished from other owls due to its short and squarish tail. It can measure between 25 and 45 cm in length with a wingspan between 75 and 110 cm in length.