Rayle Farm Holiday Cottages, Bridge, Illogan,
Nr. Redruth, Cornwall TR16 4QP
Tel: (01209) 842245 Email: enquiries@raylefarm.co.uk
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Discover Cornwall’s Mining Heritage

Mining is as much a part of Cornwall’s identity as the seaside, pasties and cream teas. You don’t have to look far in Cornwall’s spectacular landscape to see the evidence of centuries of tin, copper and silver mining. Mining in Cornwall helped to shape the landscape, communities and people into what they are today and the iconic Cornish engine houses which dot the countryside and coastline are just the start of the story.

Rayle Farm is situated within a stone’s throw of what was, up until about 100 years ago, the centre of the Cornish mining industry. In the 18th and 19th centuries Camborne and Redruth was one of the most populated and innovative metal mining districts in the country, and perhaps the world, thanks to the vast natural deposits of minerals in the rock and especially the discovery in 1870 of the Great Flat Lode, a huge tin-rich mineral vein.

While on holiday here, you can discover the amazing history of mining in Cornwall in many ways. Cycle or walk along the Great Flat Lode Trail, which has the highest concentration of historic mining sites anywhere in the world along its four mile stretch. Or connect up with the Mineral Tramways Coast to Coast Trail, which is a mostly level track which extends from Portreath on the north coast to Devoran on the River Fal. Visit Cornish Mines & Engines, the National Trust-run industrial heritage discovery centre in nearby Pool, at the heart of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site which stretches across Cornwall. Here, two surviving beam engines are preserved in their enormous engine houses; the pumping engine is one of the largest surviving Cornish beam engines in the world, and the restored winding engine can be seen in action daily. And just up the coast at St. Agnes, the coast path takes you passed stunning engine houses perched right on the cliff edges, Wheal Coates being the most famous.

Wherever you go while on holiday in Cornwall, you’re sure to come across plenty of opportunities to discover more about the fascinating history of mining. Visit www.cornishmining.com for more information on the whole of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.

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