ST DAY TRAIL 2 - CARN MARTH TRAIL
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.
Facilities available on this trail:
Parking – Parking at the start in Carharrack or come off the Coast to Coast Trail.
Picnic areas – Wheal Jewel Park, Church Street, St Day; Rugby field, Tolgullow, St Day
Eating and shopping – Village stores in both 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 – the route is very steep in parts
Cycle Trail – good trail but some rough sections
Horse Riding Trail – trail is suitable
Walking Trail – a moderate to tough trail
Disability access – definitely not suitable for wheelchairs although some powerful scooters may make it up the hillside.
- Created: 7th March 2017
- Updated: 18th May 2017
- Distance 8 miles
- Time 3 h 42 min
- Speed 2 mph
- Min altitude 102 ft
- Peak 755 ft
- Climb 820 ft
- Descent 820 ft