Tranquil rural area famed for tin-streaming
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Venture down into Wheal Roots – the 18th century tin mine at Poldark – to learn about Cornish mining history and find out what conditions were actually like for Cornish mine workers. Also view the re-sited Greensplat steam beam engine, believed to have been the last to pump commercially in Cornwall.
Walk the footpaths around Carnmenellis Hill (in the north of the Area, not far from Redruth) and see the surviving mine workers’ smallholdings – probably the best examples in the whole Site. (Footpaths ring Carnmenellis but do not connect with the summit of the hill)
Travelling to Wendron
Wendron Village is situated on the B3297, roughly two miles north of Helston.
Poldark Mine is close by and Carnmenellis is accessible via Four Lanes, near Redruth. The T34 (Truroian) stops in Wendron and Four Lanes. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
Most footpaths, Public Rights of Way and open spaces in this area allow dogs
Cars can park at Stithians Lake in the north-east of the area, and Wendron has a small number of spaces in the village centre. Poldark Mine has a visitor car park
There are toilet facilities for visitors at Poldark Mine and for customers at The New Inn in Wendron village centre
Eating & drinking
Wendron village has a local store, and food is served at The New Inn (which was built using local granite from the 18th century). Alternatively, For award-winning pub food try The Golden Lion in Stithians http://www.golden-lion-inn.co.uk/
Much of this area is accessible by public footpaths, so there are many places to stop and enjoy the scenery.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/