Camborne Trail 2 - Red River Trail
Running from Camborne to the sea at Gwithian the Red River is a fine example of how natural regeneration can work. As one of the most industrialised valleys during the mining period, the Red River is now a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) with a partially wooded valley, areas of heath and some beautiful lakes and ponds along the way.
Some great wildlife has been spotted on the Reserve including badgers, foxes, otters, woodpeckers and a whole array of butterflies and insects. The plants are very special too.The area is still regenerating and lots of conservation work goes on to clear areas for habitat improvements and to create better access.
The Red River gets its name from the mining wastes that used to be washed into the river, turning it a rusty red colour. With the closure of the mines this has almost stopped but you can still see the orange ochre on the river bed, a legacy of the mining era.Tin streaming was still being carried out here in the 1960s.
Bell Lake is a beautiful area of lake and wetland which used to be a millpond feeding a water wheel which would have poweed the equipment used for tin streaming.
Facilities available for this trail
Parking – parking in car park.
Picnic areas – there are numerous appropriate places along the route to stop.
Eating and shopping – various stores in the town centre.
Public houses – pubs in the centre of town only.
Family and children friendly – the route is fairly family friendly.
Cycle Trail – good trail but some rough sections.
Horse Riding Trail – some parts are suitable.
Walking Trail – a moderate trail.
Disability access – large scooters are needed.
- Created: 17th July 2017
- Updated: 3rd October 2017
- Distance 6 miles
- Time 2 h 18 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 66 ft
- Peak 331 ft
- Climb 371 ft
- Descent 371 ft