The Mineral Tramways Activity Trails

King Edward Mine is ideally situated for the  circular 7.5 mile Great Flat Lode cycle and walking trail that passes right by us.  Free parking and bike racks.


Don’t miss the Mineral Tramways Exhibition which is on display at King Edward Mine and will give you a fascinating insight in to the history of the area before you explore the trails.  For more information and a children's activity sheet, see

The current network is some 31km in length and mainly traffic free. The Great Flat Lode Trail is a popular circular route within the network and links in with two trails;

The Portreath Branchline Trail which connects the coastal village of Portreath with Illogan and Pool along the historically important Portreath Incline and former Portreath railway bed. It has a safe traffic free route, also linking Cornwall College at Camborne and Tuckingmill Valley Park with the popular Great Flat Lode Trail.

The Redruth and Chacewater Railway Trail starts at Twelveheads, connecting with the existing Coast to Coast Trail. It follows a route south to the historic mining village of Carharrack, then continues north of Lanner, to connect with the Great Flat Lode Trail and the centre of Redruth, following as closely as possible the original railway route.

Whether you are a walker, cyclist or horse-rider, the network offers a unique opportunity to explore an area rich in mining heritage and which boasts the highest number of carefully conserved mine sites anywhere in the world.



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