Saturday, 19 December 2009


For the second part of the walk around my patch I would like to start at the junction from Chapel Hill (where we last finished ) to the top of Lanner Hill.

The picture above shows that this is still part of the Tresavean to Hayle Tramline.

This image is across the valley and my destination the top of Carn Marth which will be featured in another post.

At the first bend in the Tramline we enter a small wooded area, the wooden fence in the foreground is for safety as here is a small bridge spanning a small road beneath called "Rough Street" I hope to feature this area in a future post.

Just past the wood we enter the only cutting on this line, with its high sides and and dense vegatation this is a good area for birds , Butterflies and insects during the Spring and Summer.

Once past the cutting the landscape opens up again giving good views to the North and East over the Village.

Looking East over the village you can just make out in the distance some early morning mist still in the valley's, the horizon is about 10 miles away at this point.

Continuing on we are almost nearing the end of this part of the walk.

In places you can still see the old Granite Setts of the railway which make good stepping stones during wet weather.

This gate stops you exiting this part of the walk quickly as there is a road called "Red Road" running across it. This road got its name because when it rains all the colour from the mine excavations which are Red colours the water from Buller Downs which runs down this road.

From Red Road there is a small stretch of Tram about 25yrds to the road which connects with the top of Lanner Hill. The walled area on the left side is called Blight's Yard as when I was young a Stone Mason called Reggie Blight had his business here. Every day he would come to the house for some hot water for his Tea.

The cream bungalow was built about fifteen years ago and replaces the old bungalow on this site.
This is where I was born and lived until my early twenties,and have great memories of good times here with my five sisters and one brother of which I am the youngest. Times were hard my mother was widowed at an early age and left to bring up seven children and run a smallholding of 45 acres.
needless to say we all worked from an early age looking after animals and keeping the place running. But the door was always open and with numerous relatives and friends close by to help out it was a home buzzing with life and happy times. As you can see the tram runs along the front of the property giving views over Redruth and along the Cornish North coast.

The photo's for this post were taken on 10/12/09.

So here we are at the last picture of this post, looking from the  Tramline junction towards Lanner Hill. Just beyond the row of houses is the main A393 road from Redruth to Falmouth and opposite is the lane leading to the next part of the walk Carn Marth Lane. I will probably cover this next part in two posts and will wait for the right weather conditions to undertake it, as there are so many things to see and with good visability the views extend for miles.


  1. Hi Monts, patchwork 2 looks like a interesting walk.
    Have to look in some time.

  2. I enjoyed the virtual walk around your patch, Monty. Good work.