Luxulyan Valley


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Tranquility and natural beauty, Luxuylan Valley is perhaps one of St Austell's best kept secrets...

Luxulyan Valley | Discover St Austell

Exploring the other side of Luxulyan Valley is easy thanks to a free car park at Pontsmill.

The whole valley area played an important part in the production of granite and industrial minerals during the 19th Century. Thanks to Joseph Treffry’s innovation in the area, the valley was transformed into a hive of industrial activity, with workers quarrying granite, mining copper and tin, as well as producing China Clay and stone.

Once you park up and cross the road towards the start of the path, you’ll come across an information board and map fixed onto a granite stone. You’ll see the possibilities to explore the valley are endless and there are a host of routes to choose from.

Whether you choose to take a circular route into the east of the Valley, follow the straight path through the center, or decide to walk all the way to the Treffry Viaduct, there’s plenty to see along the way, from nature and wildlife to fascinating historical remains.

If you choose to follow the most central path through the Valley, you’ll come across the remains of the Trevanney China Clay Kiln. This was in operation between the 1920s and 1960s and processed China Clay piped in from outside the Valley.

Don’t worry if you take a different route, there’s plenty to see, making it an ideal walk and afternoon out for the whole family – especially the dog! From the 19th Century Wheel Pit and The Incline constructed c1840.

Horse riding and cycling is permitted on the designated horse trail only. Walkers can use all paths and tracks, but please note some may be steep and uneven.

There are a number of resting points along the way and dog waste bin can be found at the start of the walk.