ST DAY TRAIL 1 - CHURCHES & CHAPELS TRAIL
This trail takes you on a journey through the historic villages of St Day and Carharrack, highlighting the sites that tell the religious history of the area, from medieval pilgrimage, through a competitive early 19th century building boom in churches and chapels, to modern day spiritual centres that sit peacefully with the past.
St Piran’s Church built in the early 1880s as a mission church to serve the large mining population, St Piran’s Church features an unusual small wooden spire.
Gwennap Pit is a semi-natural open-air amphitheatre, known as the ‘Cathedral of Methodism’ in which huge congregations gathered to hear John Wesley preach between 1762 and 1789. For more information see: WWW.GWENNAPPIT.CO.UK
Likened by the Poet-Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, to “an ecclesiastical toy fort”, the Church of Holy Trinity, now known as St Day Old Church, was built in 1826-28 to accommodate a congregation of 1500 in the booming mining town. In 1956 a controversial decision was made to close the church due to structural concerns and the roof of the abandoned building was removed in 1985. Today, following stabilisation works, the church is used as a community venue and is open to the public during the summer months thanks to the tireless efforts of local volunteers. The history of St Day and the surrounding area is told on display panels inside.
Facilities available on this trail:
Parking – This trail is devised as a loop off the Redruth and Chasewater trail, but if you want to explore it in its own right you can park a car in either St Day or Carharrack villages and pick up the circular trail there.
Picnic areas – Wheal Jewel Park, Church Street, St Day; Rugby field, Tolgullow, St Day
Eating and shopping – village store in Carharrack and St Day. Tea room at Gwennap Pit.
WCs – At rear of Community Centre in St Day and at Gwennap Pit when manned
Family and children friendly – good trail but some rough sections
Cycle Trail – good trail but some rough sections
Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable
Walking Trail – a gentle to moderate trail
Disability access – a bit too far to push a wheelchair but if you have an electric one or scooter you should be ok.
- Created: 9th February 2017
- Updated: 18th May 2017
- Distance 4 miles
- Time 1 h 49 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 236 ft
- Peak 558 ft
- Climb 394 ft
- Descent 394 ft