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East Cornwall mining heritage

GOC in East Cornwall.

The weather was perfect for our March walk in East Cornwall.
Two days of lovely sunshine and suddenly those dreadful storms are all forgotten.

Our start was south of Luxulyan, in the eastern end of china clay country and we walked some six miles through the wooded valleys alongside many relics of a long gone heritage, led by John.
Our route took us across the incredible Treffry “double decker” viaduct 198m long and 30m high– built as a horse drawn tramway above, and just a yard or so below, a channel for water. This massive structure had to be seen to be believed.

We stopped beside Carnmears Wheelpit – once a thirty foot diameter water wheel built to wind wagons up the incline. Later it was converted to powering china clay; now sadly in ruins.

That’s enough industrial archaeology! This was a fine walk, not too taxing, a thoroughly enjoyable hike, all lusciously green woodland with fast flowing streams over hung with catkins.

If GWR can be an abbreviation for “God’s own Railway” then GOC has a new meaning too: “God’s Own Cornwall.”
T. J.

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