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Luxulyan Valley and Prideaux Woods

Site Description

Luxulyan Valley is a dramatic, heavily wooded, steep sided valley close to St Blazey, through which the River Par flows.  The Valley retains an industrial and natural heritage of international and national importance and was designated as part of the World Heritage Site in 2006.

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The valley’s mining heritage represents principally the physical manifestation of one man’s vision Joseph Treffry (1782-1850) to exploit the valley’s mineral resources. Remains include the Treffry Viaduct, granite mine buildings and the later 20th century concrete structures, leats, tramways, mineshafts, adits and an impressive waterwheel pit.  Significantly, both copper mining and then the later china clay processing industry are represented side-by-side. 

Cornwall's stunning Luxulyan Valley, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, is set to undergo major conservation work. A heritage Lottery Fund development grant means that Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust can progress plans for extensive conservation and interpretation of the valley's industrial and natural heritage which will include restoring the Treffry Viaduct to working order.

Central to the plans is a programme of activities to encourage more and different people to visit the valley, create opportunities for family learning and local schools and for local people to be involved in a range of inspiring training and volunteering opportunities.

To find out more about the restoration project and how you can get involved call the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202.

Bullfinch, European Otter, Greater Horseshoe Bat,  Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Pipistrelle Bat, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher

Habitats: Woodland, (Mature broadleaved Carmears Wood, is classified as Semi-natural Ancient Woodland (Old oak coppice), paddocks, watercourses.

  • 2 small car parks at Black Hill and Ponts Mill
  • Unmade paths and tramways totalling about 7 km
  • There are no toilet facilities on site.

SX 05599 57262, SX07418 55993

In 1997 The Friends of Luxulyan Valley was formed to help to promote preserve and protect Luxulyan Valley, by influencing and assisting in the management of the site. The group promotes the history, and other aspects of the Luxulyan Valley through a series of events, for details of future events or if you would like to become a member please visit the Friends of Luxulyan Valley website.

Cornwall Council are currently looking for tender applications for the grazing of 4 paddocks within Luxulyan Valley. For more information please contact Cormac on 0300 1234 202.