Luxulyan Valley circular walk

Luxulyan Valley circular

A large tree has fallen across the path near direction 17. It's reported as passable with difficulty.A temporary diversion is in place just after direction 6 whilst an unstable tree is dealt with. This rejoins the route a little way after direction 7.

A circular walk following the leats and horse-drawn tramways through the World Heritage site of the Luxulyan Valley to the massive viaduct which carried the tramways towards Newquay and water to winch the trams up the valley with a huge waterwheel, recommended in guidebooks as early as the 1920s "as one of the most glorious walks in all Cornwall".

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The route begins at the Black Hill Luxulyan Valley car park and climbs up to the Treffry Viaduct. The route then follows the trackbed of the horse-drawn tramway to the wheelpit where a 30ft waterwheel once hauled wagons up the inclined plane, which you then walk down to follow the leat that powered the waterwheels of the Fowey Consols mine. From here the route follows a path through Carmears Wood to join the Velvet Path which it follows back to the inclined plane. The walk then descends to the bottom of the inclined plane and follows the lower path alongside the river passing Trevanny Dry and beneath the viaduct to complete the circular route.

Highlights

  • Lush broadleaf woodland in the Luxulyan Valley
  • Victorian industrial heritage including the massive Treffry Viaduct
  • Riverside wildlife including dragonflies and damselflies

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 107
  • Distance: 3.4 miles/5.5 km
  • Steepness grade: Easy-moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking shoes
  • No stiles: ✓

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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