The Coast to Coast Trail
The Coast to Coast Trail closely follows the line of two historic transport routes. The early horse-worked Portreath tramroad opened in 1812. This was the first surface tramroad in Cornwall. It gave the copper mines around Scorrier and St Day a transport route to the sea at Portreath.
The other was the Redruth & Chasewater Railway. This was built from 1825 and linked the town of Redruth and mines around Gwennap, then the richest copper producing area in the world, to the port of Devoran on the south coast.
Points of interest: The Coast to Coast Trail provides the user with the opportunity to literally ride or walk across Cornwall in less than a day, from one coast to another as the trail links the historic mining harbour of Portreath on the north coast and port of Devoran on the south coast. Enjoy spectacular scenery and a variety of wildlife as the trail passes through ancient woodland and heathland. The trail gives a unique insight into the area’s mining heritage as you pass by historic mine sites now transformed by nature.
The route is challenging more for its length than its degree of difficulty. It will take you roughly 1.5 hours to cover going faster than the 2mph as mentioned below.
- Created: 9th March 2017 4:15 pm
- Updated: 1st May 2017 12:51 pm
- Distance 11 miles
- Time 4 h 56 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 13 ft
- Peak 364 ft
- Climb 663 ft
- Descent 656 ft