Luxulyan & Charlestown: Leisure Activities

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The creations of two extraordinary industrialists

  • Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions

Take a short drive to Wheal Martyn Museum and Country Park.  Set in 26 acres of woodland, nestling in the historic Ruddle Valley on the outskirts of St Austell, Wheal Martyn provides a fascinating day out for all the family. 

The Museum is set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits and provides visitors with a fascinating insight into china clay - how it was mined, what is was used for and what it meant for the families who lived in the area. For an unusual lunch location, try the unique cafe located within the Victorian remains of a China Clay settling tank.

In the afternoon, walk the attractive circular route from Ponts Mill along Par Canal (90 minutes), which was created to transport copper ore from Fowey Consols to Par Harbour.

Travelling to Luxulyan & Charlestown
For Charlestown, head south from St Austell on the A3061. Luxulyan is a five-mile drive north east of St Austell along some narrow but well-signposted roads.

Public transport
First operates several buses to St Austell (25, 26/26B, 27/27B) and the Trurorian T24 stops in Luxulyan. The nearest mainline train station is Par. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.

Parking
The pay car park in Charlestown is a short walk from the harbour, and parking is allowed in the lanes around Prideaux Woods and Luxulyan Valley – but please show
consideration for residents by parking safely and legally at busy times such as weekends and in high summer

Public toilets
There are public toilets close to the beach in Charlestown, and in Luxulyan village – as well as Luxulyan Museum and Heritage Centre (open Tuesdays to Saturdays
in the summer school holidays – or call 01726 813522 to arrange visits at other times)

Eating & drinking
Charlestown beach café, The Bosun’s Diner and The Rashleigh Arms offer snacks and light meals, while Revival Restaurant and The Pier Head Hotel, also in Charlestown, serve great meals and welcomes well-behaved children. In Luxulyan, The Kings Arms is a lovely traditional pub serving real ale and good food

Picnic spots
Around Luxulyan, there are benches and walls that you can perch on along the various woodland walks that take in the viaduct, canal and leats. At Charlestown, you can either stop at the beach, or walk the cliff path up to Charlestown Battery, which was built by Charles Rashleigh to defend the harbour during the Napoleonic Wars.  For a local picnic provider, try  http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/

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