Tranquil rural area famed for tin-streaming
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Explore Porkellis Moor – a Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve, where nature has reclaimed the ancient mining landscape. Porkellis Moor has had mining for hundreds of years. It is classic granite ‘country’, yielding relatively shallow tin lodes. It was mostly restricted to the area around Porkellis and Wendron.
There is also evidence for alluvial tin mining in the valley basins. Flooded pits (hatches), industrial watercourses (leats) and waterwheel pits are prominent features.
For lunch, try the local pub in Porkellis village, serving a choice of home cooked food and a selection of ales.
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/