Great Flat Lode
A thoroughly interesting place to see in Cornwall, you’re in the heart of mining country here with a seven-mile trail through some of the world’s best preserved mining landscape.
The Great Flat Lode circles around Carn Brea, where evidence of Neolithic settlements has been found, and is accessible to walkers, cyclists and horse riders as part of Cornwall’s Mineral Tramway Trails.
A “lode” is a mineral vein and the two-mile long tin lode discovered here in 1870 is at a less acute angle than the normal 70-80 degrees, hence Great Flat Lode… although don’t let that deceive you as you head along the trail! The discovery of the tin revived the fortunes of a declining copper mine. Along the way you’ll see plenty of evidence of Cornwall’s tin mining past in well preserved engine houses - including the works at South Wheal Frances and the famous South Crofty, Cornwall’s last tin mine.
The Great Flat Lode circuits Carn Brea – between Redruth and Camborne. There is free parking at King Edward Mine Museum, Troon, Camborne Cornwall, TR14 9DP.
Carn Brea was once an ancient fortified hill settlement in Neolithic and then Iron Age times. At the top you’ll find a monument and a castle, plus spectacular panoramic views, including South Crofty.
There are fascinating examples of Cornwall’s illustrious tin mining past everywhere you look. Stop off at the King Edward Mine Museum to learn more.