Great cycle trails through the Copper Kingdom
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Gwennap Pit is an open air amphitheatre, near Redruth in Cornwall, made famous by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Possibly a hollow created by mining activities, it has remarkable acoustic properties. It became the favourite open air preaching place of John Wesley, who was taken to it in 1762, describing it as "a round green hollow" and as "an amphitheatre". He was to preach there on 18 occasions between 1762 and 1789.
Take in the sheer scale of past industrial activity at Poldice and Wheal Maid, which reveal the enormous impact that mining has had in transforming the landscape of this part of Cornwall
Look around the well-preserved port, quays and tramway trackbeds at Devoran, once a key mining port and now a beautiful and tranquil creekside haven.
Travelling to Gwennap
This large area lies between Redruth and Truro and is laced with classic Cornish lanes. Road access is via the A393 between Redruth and Falmouth, which passes through Ponsanooth (for Kennall Vale); turn off this road by the Fox and Hounds pub for Carharrack, St Day, Scorrier and Chacewater.
First bus services 14B and 18B pass through Carharrack, St Day and Chacewater. Devoran is just off the A39 between Falmouth and Truro and First bus routes 89/90 (Falmouth to Newquay via Truro) stop here. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
This is a rural area with lots of footpaths, and is generally great for dogs. Keep dogs on leads on farmland with grazing animals though, and refer to the signs at each site
The villages of St Day, Carharrack and Chacewater have small car parks and on-street parking. The cycle hire shop and café at Bissoe also has free parking
There are public toilets in Carharrack, Chacewater, St Day, and the cycle hire
shop and café at Bissoe offers public toilets
Eating & drinking
The Norway Inn at Perran Wharf and the Quay Inn at Devoran both have great menus featuring lots of local produce. The café at the Bissoe Cycle Hire centre has a warm welcome and a good selection of meals, cakes and snacks on offer. Carharrack, St Day and Chacewater all have good village pubs. Refreshments and food are available at good pubs in Portreath, Scorrier (mid way) and Devoran.
There are some nice grassy spots by the river at Devoran, and lots of good places to stop if you’re cycling along the Mineral Tramways Trail. Alternatively, find a
relaxing spot next to one of the streams in the lovely woods at Kennall Vale.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/