Cornwall never fails to provide a walk, and Redruth is no exception. Whether you want countryside, hill top climbs, woods or coastal walks, the Redruth area has it all.
The highest point in the area at 771 ft tall (235m), a walk up Carn Marth can offer some amazing views. On a clear day you can see up and down each coast and all the way up to St Agnes beacon, the St Austell area, Falmouth and Stithians lake.
The more famous of the two ‘Carn’s’ and topped with its spectacular castle and cross shaped memorial, Carn Brea makes a wonderful walk. There’s no proper way to approach this walk, although the most straightforward is to take the turning up to the castle from Carnkie, Redruth; this narrow lane ends in the small parking area near the castle.
At the top there are a number of meandering paths around the castle, cross and towards the western end of the hill.
One of the closer coastal villages, Portreath is a short drive from Redruth and offers a quaint little beach perfect for walks, as well as an old harbour to meander round. Climb the coastal paths of either side for spectacular views of the north coast.
The largest woodland areas in west Cornwall, Tehidy has paths threading through the trees provide the perfect place to take a walk. The most popular section takes you around the main lake, although other pathways head off from these, some following the river and others going out into the deeper woods.
Great Flat Lode
Once a major centre for mining in Cornwall, the mines that worked this famous lode profited greatly despite worldwide dips in copper prices. Now, the remains of these engineering beasts stand guard over the pathway that was created in recent years to join the mining areas together. The Lode was accessed by a ground of mines stretching along the Southern slopes of Carn Brea, from the Basset mines towards South Condurrow and now long footpaths follow this route. There are trails around Wheal Uny mine, through Wheal Buller riding school to Wheal Basset, up past West Wheal Basset and its separate stamps and then onwards towards South Wheal Francis.
Wheal Peevor, with its trio of fine engine houses is a lovely short walk just outside the main town. This small mine left behind fabulous remains of three different types of engine house and extensive dressing floors, something that is rare to see. Footpaths now wind through this site, making it perfect for walks.