Wheal Peevor, Radnor, TR16 5EL
Copyright Cornwall Council, photographer
The ancient tin mine of Wheal Peevor is a staggering site. The huge Grade II listed engine houses tower above the landscape in what feels like an isolated spot in the middle of nowhere. In fact, this is one of the most internationally significant mining sites around; though it closed in 1887, production re-started during the first world war to extract a mineral called wolfram (or tungsten). Work has been done to make Wheal Peevor a safe and enjoyable area for visitors. All 12 mineshafts and all three engine houses are safe to explore. The network of tracks and trails around the site, along with way finder points and interpretation boards, give you a real insight into the history behind the landscape, and indeed the present-day diversity of the wildlife and flora. The site is directly linked to the Coast-to-Coast Mineral Tramway and to Redruth.
Near the hamlet of Radnor, approximately 1 mile to the north of Redruth, Wheal Peevor can be found opposite Radnor Golf Course.
No admission cost, access all the time.
What you can see / do:
The structures are awe-inspiring, and the scenery idyllic, with fantastic viewpoints across the countryside. The whole site is ideal for exploring on foot – you can follow the route on the way finder posts to take in as much as possible. Cycling around Wheal Peevor is a spectacular experience, and is an easy detour from the Coast-to-Coast Mineral Tramway a couple of minutes away. Walk up inside each engine house, take in the knowledge form the information boards and bring along your picnic hamper for a lunchtime to remember!
Load the Mineral Tramways Activity sheet here.
Nearest Car Park / Cycle Park:
On site – free.
Distance from Bus or Train
Approx 1 mile from Redruth town centre