We may have some stunning beaches and unrivalled coastal views here in the wider St Austell Bay area, but we’re so much more than that.
Take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fantastic woodland right here on our doorstep.
The woods at Luxulyan Valley is a fantastic place to explore whether you’re looking to get out with your family, fancy a walk alone, or want somewhere new to walk your dog.
The area is rich in history and heritage, so you can expect to learn and discover something new every time you visit.
Just a stones throw from St Blazey, Luxulyan Valley is heavily wooded and steep sided. Steeped in history, the valley is designated as part of the World Heritage Site and is considered to hold industrial and natural heritage of national importance.
The importance of the Valley’s ongoing preservation is of such importance, that group Friends of Luxulyan Valley was formed back in 1997. Linked with Cornwall Council and nearby parish councils, the group works to promote the preservation and protection of the valley, influence and assist in its management and promote the area’s history.
As part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, the Valley is set to undergo mass conservation work. A Heritage Lottery Fund development grant awarded to the project means that Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust can progress their plans to extensive conservation and interpretation of the Valley’s heritage which will include restoring the Treffry Viaduct to working order.
As part of this, the council are keen to implement a programme of activities to encourage even more people, from all walks of life, to visit the Valley as well as creating opportunities for family learning and local schools to get involved.
So while the future of the Valley looks incredible, it remains, in its current state, a fantastic place to visit, so get exploring today!
Look out for: wildlife including the Bullfinch, European Otter, Song Thrush and Spotted Flycatcher. Historical remains including the Treffry Viaduct, granite mine buildings, tramways, mineshafts, adits and a waterwheel pit.
There are two small car parks at Black Hill and Ponts Mill but no toilet or refreshment facilities.
To support Friends of Luxulyan Valley and discover more history about the area, visit www.luxulyanvalley.co.uk