- Created: 7th March 2017
- Updated: 18th May 2017
- Distance 8.29 miles
- Time 3 h 42 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 102 ft
- Peak 755 ft
- Climb 820 ft
- Descent 820 ft
- Distance Instructions
A more challenging trail taking in the open countryside and magnificent views from Carn Marth before descending to visit the open-air ‘Cathedral of Methodism’ at Gwennap Pit and exploring the village of St Day, once a major medieval pilgrimage shrine and a thriving town serving one of the wealthiest mining areas in the world.
The flooded disused granite quarry at the top of Carn Marth now sits amidst a peaceful wildlife habitat with distant views to both the north and south coasts. Look out for the drill testing quarry a bit further along from the flooded quarry. The rock faces of this now silent quarry are lined with thousands of holes created by the testing of the rock drills produced by the famous Holman Bros.
From here the trail descends towards Carharrack where you skirt round the village and continue on back to the Poldice valley.
1. Start/End leave Devoran/Portreath Trail
You can join / leave the St Day Trail 2 from the Devoran to Portreath Trail at Todpool.
2. Left onto Byway
Just before the van garage take a left turn onto the Byway.
3. Left opposite Star Inn
Bear left opposite the Star Inn car park and follow the road up the hill.
4. Right at lane end
As you come down the hill take a right turn. Be careful of any cars on the little road.
5. Cross road
Go across the main road. Be careful as you come down to the main road.
6. Cross road join Redruth/Chasewater Trail
Slow down as you come to the main road. The road can be busy at certain times so be careful. Here you join the Redruth / Chasewater Trail.
7. Leave Redruth/Chasewater rejoin Devoran/Portreath Trail
As you come down the hill you meet the Devoran to Portreath Trail again. You now leave the Redruth / Chasewater Trail. If you parked the car up at Todpool then go left and follow the trail back to Todpool. If you can from elsewhere then you can go left or right as suits.