Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cornish mining trails: Carn Brea, Dolcoath and Roskear

I'm squarely back in Cornwall for this long, lazy run around Carn Brea and some of the vast network of trails connecting the historic mine ruins surrounding the East end of Camborne.

The video was taken during the depths of January, and the greying weather adds to the sense of urban decay as the run progresses... an area that was once "the richest square mile on earth", now among the most deprived in the UK.

With so many huge, industrial buildings now overgrown and derelict, the area's clearly unrecognisable from even a hundred years ago.

That said, there's always something to see when you're out on a run. And even here, there were one or two surprises...

As promised in the video, some of the GPS trace for this run makes very little sense at all, because I took a break to play with my kids.

In truth, some of the trails around Brea awere a bit scrubby, and the back roads of Roskear didn't make for the most inspiring running. Carn Brea, though, seldom disappoints.

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1 comment:

  1. The path behind Elim has been shut for some time now, since they have been building on the old Holmans site :(

    That is indeed old Arsenic works at the Tuckingmill Valley park.