Monday 14 December 2020

Walking The Blackpool Trail, Cornwall

On a chilly morning we stopped on the narrow road for a minute or two to take in the view above. 

We had decided to walk 'The Blackpool Trail', somewhere we had never walked previously. It had been mentioned to us so we thought we'd give it a go.

It's called a trail but we soon found it isn't very long. We walked for about an hour and a half in total.

The views to our right were far reaching but to the left was a china clay quarry and all we could see were grasses and shrubbery on a high mound.

There was a picnic table nearly hidden in the long grass.

To the right the views continued. In the photo below white china clay can be seen.

All very pleasant but ...

... a sign to the right reminds walkers that quarries can be dangerous. So there is barbed wire to keep people out.

Occasionally the trail / path has small trees either side.

A mound of waste from china clay production.

More of the views on our return journey.

More and more houses seem to be going up, but I guess this is happening countrywide.

As for the china clay industry, it's hard to believe that half of the world's supply of china clay came from Cornwall in the late 1800s.

The final photo for today.

Map Ref for Blackpool Trail: SW974533

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  1. A different sort of walk to your coast & harbour scenes.

    1. Thanks David, makes a change! And there was no one else about other than one dog walker.

  2. I tried this to but couldn't find the round trail so had to come back the same way,can anyone tell me where it is, Thank you

    1. Regret, I haven't been back to the trail, as yet, to see the other part of the walk.

  3. The Cornish are known all over the world for their mining expertise--including in the western gold fields in America along with the iron mines in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    1. Yes, many Cornish miners made their way around the world, including the USA and Australia. Tin mining was once a big industry in the county but has now dwindled away. It is claimed that Jesus visited Cornwall with Joseph of Arimathea - who was a dealer in minerals and metal - see my short post :



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