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A Walk in the Luxulyan Valley


About the walk This walk is about 4.5 miles long and should take you around 2.5 hours . While not a particularly difficult walk, there are one or two steep sections and some areas can be either rocky or muddy Appropriate footwear is essential. THE INNIS INN is situated at PAR MOOR near Luxulyan, it is a campsite and pub and has a start point for walking next to it. It does the usual range of pub food. There is also a small village store near the start of the walk.

1. Start – Luxulyan Village...suggest you park on the road opposite the school. Walk towards the church, then cross the road and go behind the village stores. Look for the distinctive Saints Way markers (You could go into the stores to get a copy of the Luxulyan Valley guide book). 

2.The path passes behind some cottages then takes you over the Par-Newquay railway and out into open fields. Walk diagonally across the fields, bearing right (through gateways) until you find yourself down beside the Par River, which you will cross. The path now takes you through a wooded area.

3. After the Saints Way crosses a leat and starts to go up an incline, note a path to your left. Take it. You are now off the Saints Way and on a path through an old stone quarry that will emerge into open fields. Climb a stile, walk a short distance before taking a path to the left. This drops down to a gate and some steps. You are now on the old tramway across the Treffry Viaduct. 

4. Walk over the viaduct taking in the views as you do so and on reaching the other side stay on the tramway, which is now a path running through oak woodland and alongside the Carmears Leat. Note that sections of this track can be very muddy. However, improvements are underway at the time of writing. After 10/15 minutes walking, you will find yourself above the Wheelpit.

5. Stop for a while to admire this outstanding example of mid 19th century Cornish engineering (NB the safety rails are a 20th Century. addition!). Leaving the wheelpit, walk to the topof the Incline past an old smithy and checker's hut, before descending. Take care on what can be an uneven surface but note the old granites that supported the tramway rails.

6. After passing under a little bridge carrying the Velvet Path, the incline bends to the left and will soon reach the valley floor near Ponts Mill. The small building to the left houses a hydro plant producing electricity from the leat water...if in action, you will hear the turbine humming away. There is no access to it.

7. At this point, either take the short walk to Ponts Mill and return, or turn right to walk under a railway viaduct and up the valley on another tramway base. Cross the Par River before coming to the Trevanney Dry, make a diversion to walk through the structure, before carrying on. Re-cross the Par River and keep going, passing under the railway again, to a point where the track forks. To the left the old tramway crosses the river on an old granite bridge and into the disused Rocks Quarry but our walk turns right up a short incline and onto the Velvet Path.

8.The path travels below an open paddock. When you reach a gate and stile, turn right into the paddock and walk up through it to another stile. Climb over, cross the Fowey Consuls leat and then up through the next paddock to a gate in the corner. Go through it and you will be back on the tramway over the Treffry Viaduct.

9. Retrace your steps back to Luxulyan.


On the walk you will pass…………..

Luxulyan...the old part of the village (Church Town) contains several notable buildings including the 15th Century church dedicated to St. Cyriacus and St. Julitta. Down the hill is the 15th Century St. Cyors well which is in a private garden.

Saints Way...the coast to coast path linking Fowey to Padstow. Reputed to be the route taken by monks travelling between Ireland/Wales and Brittany. Now managed by Cornwall Council.

Luxulyan Valley Guidebook...a comprehensive guide to the Valley produced by the Friends of Luxulyan Valley in 2001.

Tramway...there were several horse drawn tramways, developed in the 19th Century to transport stone from quarries inside and outside the Valley to Ponts Mill.

Treffry Viaduct...built at the behest of Joseph Treffry between 1839 – 42 to carry both a tramway and an aqueduct. All the stone was sourced from local moorstone. Owned by Cornwall Heritage Trust and a Scheduled Monument.

Oak Woodland...this part of the woodland is classified by Natural England as Ancient Semi Natural and is of high ecological value. It was also the site of coppicing and charcoal burning dating back to the time of Elizabeth 1.

Carmears Leat...built Circa 1840 to provide water to the “Great Wheel”. It draws its water from the Par River.

Wheel of the above, the means by which trams were lowered to the valley floor, then wound up again. It was later adapted to power buddles to crush china stone, highly prized for porcelain making.

Incline...the route the trams took to lower the 100 feet to the valley floor.

Velvet Path or Long Drive...a 19th Century private carriage route created by the Kendall family of Pelyn near Lostwithiel. Locals gave it the former name when sections of it became moss-covered.

Ponts Mill...created in the 12th Century as a small port and crossing point on the then estuary. Following silting up (caused by tin streaming on the moors) Treffry linked it to his new port of Par by means of a canal.

Hydro plant by local people on behalf of the owners Cornwall Council, the electricity produced by the turbine (which originally provided power to the old China clay works) is now sold to the National Grid.

or Central Cornwall Dry...
a 20th century coal-fired clay dry that closed in the 1960s. The clay was brought in by
pipeline as a slurry from Hensbarrow.

Rocks Quarry...once one of the most important quarries in the area. It closed in the early 20th
Please note it is in private
ownership and there is no right of way into it.

Fowey Consuls Leat...constructed by Joseph Treffry in the 1820s to provide water to wheels and works just outside the Valley...Fowey Consuls copper mine on Penpillick Hill. It sources its water from the Gattys Stream just below Luxulyan Village.

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