While we’ve been in lockdown, we’ve had time to look more closely at what’s on our doorstep. The area around Tricky’s (and in fact Tricky’s own heritage!) is steeped in Cornish mining history. As well as stunning scenery there are lots of attractions around and, lockdown permitting, we hope they’ll all be up and running again this summer…
1. Heritage on the doorstep
Right on our doorstep at Tumblydown Farm, Moseley Toy & Train Museum is home to a number of working engines once used in nearby South Crofty Tin Mine. Lovingly restored by enthusiasts, these run on the tracks at the museum. A great destination for kids and grown-ups alike, Moseley Museum showcases the engineering prowess behind the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. (3-minute walk from Tricky’s)
2. Cornish Coast
The beautiful coastal village of Portreath is a classic Cornish gem. In a picturesque setting amidst hills and cliffs, there’s a large fine-sandy beach with plenty of space for everyone – from energetic families to gentle strollers and of course surfers. The history of Portreath is dominated by the mining industry and in turn, it is inextricably linked to the Mineral Tramways and is the northernmost destination of the Coast-to-Coast path. (3.5 miles from Tricky’s)
3. Cornwall Gold
Built on the site of an old Tin Mine, Cornwall Gold is a major family attraction and is completely free to enter. There are lots of activities for children and you can pan for gold at the Wild West ranch using authentic methods – and keep what you find! Explore the Tin Mine itself and see dipper wheels, shaking tables, pulverisers, and more. The mine was used to extract tin particles from the river that flows through the Park, and the stamps at the mill are driven by Europe’s only remaining 16’ water TresureParkwheel. (1.5 miles from Tricky’s)
4. Farm Fun!
Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre at Gwel an Mor offers a wealth of wildlife experiences, nature trails, falconry, night walks, and rock pooling. See reindeer, hand-feed foxes, fly owls and birds of prey, and stroke lots of other furry friends! Passionate about sustainability and the environment, recycling, energy conservation, and community support, Feadon Farm believes that offering engaging wildlife activities for young people helps create an awareness of man’s impact on the environment. (3 miles from Tricky’s)
5. World Heritage Site
Set within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Mineral Tramways and Mining Trails are a 60km network of pathways perfect for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders alike. There’s so much to explore with breath-taking views of the coast from St Ives to Perranporth, and inland across the wild hills of West Cornwall. Discover the old engine houses, and see how many mine chimneys you can count from the Neolithic site at Carn Brea – 250 metres (740ft) above sea level.