• Author: Administrator
  • Created: 12th April 2017
  • Updated: 28th June 2017
Route type: Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Challenging
Disabled Friendly: Large Scooters
  • Distance 5.09 miles
  • Time 2 h 2 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 98 ft
  • Peak 646 ft
  • Climb 689 ft
  • Descent 180 ft

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The origins of Cornwall’s first railway to use wrought-iron rails and wagons with flanged wheels can be traced back to 1818. In 1825 it was completed, with horses drawing wagons from the mines around Gwennap to the port of Devoran. The line was successful and in 1854 it was converted for steam locomotives. The decline in Cornish mining fortunes led to its closure in 1915.