LANNER TRAIL 1 - CARN MARTH TRAIL

This trail starts in the centre of the village which is an excellent place to stock up with provisions for a picnic on the hill.

The trail turns out of the village and you quickly find yourself entering the countryside. The route is quite steep so might not be overly family friendly for young children.

Once you leave the road behind and hit the tracks you start to climb Carn Marth, passing the amphitheatre on your left and Figgy Dowdy’s well on your right. At the top of the carn you will find a flooded disused quarry and beyond it another quarry the granite face of which is peppered with holes where mining drills were tested before being exported around the world.

The view from the top of Carn Marth is outstanding when the weather is good and there is a diorama that tells you all the points you are looking at – from the north coast of Cornwall to the south coast.

From here the trail takes you further up past a Trig Point and off round the hillside before switch-backing on itself as it slowly descends back towards the village.

Address: Lanner village car park

Lat: N 50° 12′ 55.71″

Long: W 5° 12′ 7.56″

OS Grid Ref: SW 71650 39961

Distance: 2.98 miles

Terrain: Moderate

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – car parking available at trail start on Lanner Square

Picnic areas – there are numerous appropriate places along the route to stop

Eating and shopping – the village store and the bakery

Public housesThe Lanner Inn, The Coppice Inn

WCs – at Lanner Moor playing field

Accessibility

Family and children friendly – the route is very steep in parts

Cycle Trail – good trail but some rough sections

Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable

Walking Trail – a moderate to tough trail

Disability access – definitely not suitable for wheelchairs although some powerful scooters may make it up the hillside.

2017-03-07

Lanner Trail 1

  • Author: trailZZzone
  • Created: 7th March 2017
  • Updated: 18th May 2017
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Moderate
Disabled Friendly: Large Scooters

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  • Distance 3 miles
  • Time 1 h 33 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 351 ft
  • Peak 738 ft
  • Climb 463 ft
  • Descent 463 ft
  • Distance Instructions
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Points of Interest

Carn Marth amphitheatre

After the purchase of land on Carn Marth by the Protection Trust, the lower quarry was converted into an open air theatre. Despite a power failure half way through the first production held there (‘The Three Musketeers’ by the Cornwall Theatre Company), the performance was judged a tremendous success and the venue has gone from strength to strength showing drama, musicals and recitals.

Location: SW 71504 40719

Figgy Dowdy’s well

Considered a Holy Well or Spring, it was also known as Maggy Figgy’s or Margery Daw’s Well and it was a local custom for young girls to Christen their doll there on Good Friday.

Location: SW 71559 40605

Mining drills

Harvey’s Quarry shows holes drilled into the granite rock by high pressure steam boring equipment manufactured by the world renowned Camborne company, Holmans. The drills made the job of extracting the stone a lot easier and the drills were used in mining operations throughout the world.

Location: SW 71468 40883

Diorama

The view from the top of Carn Marth is outstanding when the weather is good and there is a diorama that tells you all the points you are looking at – from the north coast of Cornwall to the south coast.

Location: SW 71681 40841