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The ivy covered chimneys and engine houses that can be seen around Camborne are constant reminders of the area’s rich tin and copper mining history.

In the 1850s, Cornwall was responsible for producing two thirds of the world’s copper!

Richard Trevithick is one of the Cornwall’s most famous sons. Born in 1771 he was the son of a mine captain and his interest in the engineering side of mining began at an early age. He pioneered the use of high-pressure steam, which dramatically increased the capabilities of earlier engines. His achievements are celebrated at Camborne’s Trevithick Day, which takes place on the last Saturday in April each year.

In 2006 UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to the Cornwall and West Devon landscape in recognition of the contribution that the area made to the industrial revolution and to mining practices around the globe.

The Mineral Tramways Heritage Project is responsible for the opening of new trails that link to the existing mainly traffic free routes. Now covering some 30 miles around Camborne and neighbouring Redruth, the trails follow the tram and railway routes that were used to transport supplies to and from the mines.

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