Camborne & Redruth with Wheal Peevor & Portreath

Kammbronn ha Resrudh gans Porthtreth

The capital of Cornish mining

Called the Capital of Cornish Mining. This was the centre of the Cornish mining industry, and home to many of its most important mines and individuals, world changing inventions were created right here.


The impressive bulk of Carn Brea – a high granite ridge with jagged outcrops and fantastic 360° vistas – frames most views of Camborne and Redruth, serving as a reminder of the geology that underpinned their rapid growth. Mining built and shaped these mining communities; the decline of the industry had, and continues to have lasting effects.

This Area features essential rail links to Portreath harbour, historic mining cottages, the Great Flat Lode, (an extensive flat-dipping mineral vein extremely rich in tin), and South Crofty, Cornwall’s last operating tin mine. Heartlands, a unique visitor attraction and the mid Cornwall gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is situated nearby and offers a wide range of events and activities all year round. King Edward Mine; the training mine for Camborne School of Mines is also close by and has an award winning museum.

It includes rugged open countryside, a lovely sandy beach, and bustling towns with the remains of its mining history ever-present.

The Camborne and Redruth Mining District became significant internationally for the pioneering technological progress made here, such as Richard Trevithick’s steam engines, William Bickford’s invention of the safety fuse, (which saved countless miners’ lives), and William Murdoch’s house, being the first in the world to be lit by gas (in 1792). A visit to East Pool Mine reveals the story of this Area and its huge achievements.

This is classic Cornish Mining landscape, with the highest concentration of historic mining sites anywhere in the world.

This is classic Cornish Mining landscape with the highest concentration of historic mining sites anywhere in the world.

Visiting Heartlands, the mid Cornwall gateway to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site

Cycling or walking along the Great Flat Lode trail, which, along its extent of just under four miles, has the highest concentration of historic mining sites anywhere in the world

Climbing up to the Basset memorial on Carn Brea, which dominates the Area, and then seeing the spectacular views from its summit

Visiting East Pool Mine, and seeing the interiors of two complete engine houses with engines in situ

Walking along the headland at Portreath, and imagining the harbour in its industrial heyday as a bustling copper port

Exploring Wheal Peevor, which has three fine engine houses close to the A30

Attend the International Mining and Pasty festival in Redruth held every September

Witnessing the unique collection of restored tin processing equipment at King Edward Mine, a former training centre for mining students dating from the turn of the 20th century—one of only a few remaining mine sites with extensive collections of machinery in Cornwall

The most heavily industrialised tin and copper mining district in the Site

The most significant urban centres of mining population

Three in situ beam engines

Transport infrastructure 

Ancillary industries; the Bickford Smith Fuseworks and Tuckingmill Factory Row

The Great Flat Lode

Important mining settlements such as Redruth and mining engineering “new town” of Camborne

The coastal mining port of Portreath

Important mine site of Wheal Peevor

Some of the richest, and deepest, eighteenth-century copper mines and nineteenth-century tin mines in the world; Dolcoath, Basset Mines, Marriott’s Shaft Complex, West Basset, Wheal Basset, King Edward Mine

The Audio Trail guides below explore South Wheal Frances on the Great Flat Lode and introduce the principal features of this impressive site. There are also further guides available for Portreath, which is also located within this Area of the World Heritage Site. These guides are only available to our members though, so why not sign up today? 

Information sheets are also available to accompany the Audio Trail guides and please see the links to these below.

South Wheal Frances Audio Trail Delve Deeper 

South Wheal Frances Trail Information Sheet

South Wheal Frances Audio Trail Map

South Wheal Frances - Introduction
South Wheal Frances Miners' Dry
South Wheal Frances Marriott's Shaft
South Wheal Frances Boiler House
South Wheal Frances Winder House
South Wheal Frances Pumping Engine House
South Wheal Frances Compressor House
South Wheal Frances Ore Sorter - Stone Breaker
South Wheal Frances - View To The West
South Wheal Frances Pascoe's Engine House
South Wheal Frances Pascoe's Whim Engine House
Pilchards And Other Pongs
Home To The Copper And Coal Fleet
Barrier Against The Raging Sea
Keeping Watch Over Treacherous Tides
Stories of Pirates And Shipwrecks
How Many Mules Does It Take To Fill A Ship?
School Work Or Mine Work?
Where The Rich Folk Lived
Stream That Ran Red - And Gold!
Caves, Tunnels And The Secrets Under The Sand
Look Away - Ladies Bathing!

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