Learn as you walk through mining history
Talking of walking in Cornwall's great outdoors, an excellent hiking guide arrived in my postbag the other day called A Walking Guide to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
A rather clumsy title for what is a top-notch little book… As the blurb says: "The ten areas which make-up the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site played a major part in the development of Britain as a great industrial nation and in the late 18th and early 19th centuries was one of the world's most important copper and tin mining areas."
The book, written by Robert Westwood, features ten walks in nine of the areas and include dramatic sea-cliffs, golden beaches, hidden valleys and beautiful countryside.
All have been chosen to illustrate the different themes within the world heritage site – from its rural heart to its coastal edges – and the WMN Classic Walks feature will be following at least one of the routes soon.
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Each walk is illustrated by an aerial photograph upon which the route has been superimposed – and the text backs this up with a step-by-step guide that includes historical information about the area's mining past.
The book also features exploration tips and details to help walkers learn about how Cornwall's mining culture helped shaped the world we live in today. Additional sections highlight the numerous visitor attractions such as Wheal Martyn and Heartlands.
Walkers are also encouraged to access the new Cornish Mining World Heritage Site MP3 audio trails. These run alongside some of the walks and are narrated by miners and bal maidens so that hikers wearing headphones can enjoy a "full interactive experience". These audio files can be downloaded free from the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site website, www.cornish-mining.org.uk.
Check out the site for more information on A Walking Guide to the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site by Robert Westwood – available at £4.95 from bookshops, Tourist Information Centres, gift shops and online retailers.