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This small market town, which once stood at the gateway to one of the richest copper mining districts in the world and an area of intense industrial activity in the second half of the last century, is much quieter today. Behind the town, and dominating the scene for miles around, is the mighty swell of Kit Hill, a wonderful 1000ft hill crowned by an 80ft-high stack built in 1858 for the winding and stamping engine of Kithill Consols mine. Rumour has it that every known mineral in the world may be found on, or under, Kit Hill. Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall, gave the hill to the county in 1985 and it is now a country park.
Dupath holy well, a mile from the town, is enclosed in a fine granite building of 1510. The water in the basin was believed to cure whooping cough.

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An important river port since Saxon times, Calstock clings to the steep Cornish bank of the Tamar 14 miles upriver from Plymouth Sound. The scene is dominated by the splendid viaduct of 1908 which carries the branch line from Plymouth to Gunnislake. Calstock’s zenith as a port came when it served an area of intense industrial and mining activity, of which many remains still exist, and a rural parish renowned for its cultivation of fruit and flowers. A mile downriver by footpath lies the enchanting mediaeval house and estate of Cotehele, owned by the National Trust since 1947, together with its river quay, watermill, estate workshops and glorious woodland walks.


Camborne was just a village until it was transformed by the mining boom which began in the late 18th Century and saw the Camborne and Redruth district become the richest mining area in the world. Although a considerable number of ruinous stacks and engine houses remain, they cannot begin to convey the scenes of 150 years ago when scores of mines transfigured the landscape. Camborne is particularly associated with a number of great engineers and inventors who helped to transform the industry and economy of the county and made Cornish mining engineering famous throughout the world. Richard Trevithick, responsible for the high pressure boiler and the first true Cornish beam engine amongst many other things, was born here in 1771. There is a fine statue of him outside the public library, the cottage in nearby Penponds in which he spent his early years is owned by the National Trust, and his birthday on April 26th is celebrated in fine style every year as Trevithick Day.

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Camelford (Hotels in Camelford Click Here)
This small, attractive town on the northwestern edge of Bodmin Moor takes its name from the River Camel (probably ‘crooked one’ in Cornish). Thanks to the proximity of Tintagel (and to the unfortunate identification of Camelford with Camelot), Arthurian associations abound in the area, particularly at nearby Slaughterbridge which is said to be the site of Arthur’s last battle. Tennyson came here twice to visit the seventh-century inscribed stone which was incorrectly believed to refer to King Arthur.There is a good museum and art gallery in Camelford, and Roughtor, Cornwall’s second highest peak, is just a couple of miles away at the end of a rather thrilling roller-coaster of a road. Down by the ford beyond the car park you will find the stark and lonely memorial to Charlotte Dymond, murdered there by her lover in 1844.

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The Darlington Inn - Camelford - 01840 213314
The Wilsey Down Hotel - Camelford - 01840 261205


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