This is a rough terrain to walk or cycle – for those that like a bit more of a work out – lasting about an hour walking and 40 minutes cycling. This is a great diversion from the Coast to Coast trail giving you a chance to tackle some harder terrain.

Described as the mining route this trail takes you round through some of the history of the mining past. Alongside Mount Wellington Mine, the powder store at the Round House, in view of Wheal Henry, the Clock Tower, Taylor’s Engine House and Whim, you might find yourself taking longer than an hour with so much to see.

Address: Twelveheads car park

Lat: N 50° 14′ 16.71″
Long: W -5° 8′ 33.55″

OS Grid Ref: SW 75994 42274

Distance: 1.67 miles

Terrain: Challenging

Facilities available for this trail:

Parking – Parking on the side of the road


Family and children friendly – the route is really for those that are happy with rougher terrain

Cycle Trail – tough and rough route

Horse Riding Trail – steep and rough terrain

Walking Trail – a moderate to rough route for those with walking boots

Disability access – definitely not for scooters or those that have difficulty walking

8th March 2017 9:49 am

Gwennap Trail 3

  • Author: Administrator
  • Created: 8th March 2017 9:49 am
  • Updated: 1st May 2017 1:19 pm
Route type: Bridleway/Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Challenging
Disabled Friendly: Not Suitable
  • Distance 2 miles
  • Time 57 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 102 ft
  • Peak 374 ft
  • Climb 299 ft
  • Descent 299 ft

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Points of Interest


Alongside Mount Wellington Mine, in view of Wheal Henry, the Clock Tower, Taylor’s Engine House and Whim, there is so much to see you might well tarry longer.


This house was a store for the explosives, which were used to loosen rock. This type of building was once common in mining areas, and its design can, perhaps, be traced back to the roundhouses built before the coming of the Romans during the late Iron Age.

Location: SW 75511 41561