LANNER TRAIL 3 - TRAMWAY EXTENDED TRAIL

This trail takes you further than Trail 2, around old quarries and some lovely wild countryside. The trail loops you back round into the village so you can have some lunch. Continuing on up the other side of the valley the trail takes you up Carn Marth.

You can either park up by the water reservoir or join this trail from the Reduth and Chasewater trail. The beginning has fantastic views over the valley down to Lanner and way beyond. You then loop on round the village. Look out for the granite setts on the trail where the old tramway rails would have sat.

In the village you can either stop for lunch at one of the two pubs or pick up a traditional pasty from the bakery and have a picnic.

The trail then heads back down to the village, crosses the main road and goes up the hill to the water reservoir to re-join the Redruth and Chasewater Trail.

Address: Roadside by water reservoir

Lat: N 50° 13′ 4.40″

Long: W 5° 12′ 48.5452″

OS Grid Ref: SW 70850 40258

Distance: 5.89 miles

Terrain: Challenging

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – car park opposite dome covered water reservoir

Picnic areas – at the playing field in the village or on Rough Street – marked on map

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 – quite a tough trail

Cycle Trail – good but rigorous trail

Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable

Walking Trail – a moderate trail tough in places

Disability access – not suitable for wheelchairs and scooters.

2017-03-07

Lanner Trail 3

  • Author: trailZZzone
  • Created: 7th March 2017
  • Updated: 18th May 2017
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Challenging
Disabled Friendly: Not Suitable

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  • Distance 5 miles
  • Time 2 h 8 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 292 ft
  • Peak 643 ft
  • Climb 574 ft
  • Descent 574 ft
  • Distance Instructions
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Points of Interest

VALLEY VIEWS

The beginning has fantastic views over the valley down to Lanner and way beyond.

Location: SW 71057 40105

 

 

OLD TRACK

The track forms the route of the old horse-drawn tramway which moved Lanner copper ore and Welsh coal. In various places you can see the granite setts on which the rails were mounted. The level trail makes it ideal for walking, running and cycling.

Location: SW 71888 39400

 

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