New set of audio trails help bring the Cornish Mining World Heritage landscape vividly to life

By Jamie Maddison | 07 September 2012
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Visitors in search of Cornwall's world-famous mining heritage landscape are getting a helping hand with a series of new audio guides bringing the many buildings, engine houses and other picturesque relics of the county’s industrial past vividly to life.

The latest set of free guides, which are available at cover seven key locations among the ten areas of the UNESCO Cornish Mining World Heritage landscape.

Among them, the Charlestown Heritage Trail journeys back 200 years in the company of an 18th century Cornishman to put you at the heart of a vivid story about the small port which became the first mining port of the St Austell Area.

The Kennall Vale audio trail reveals the explosive secrets of a serene Wildlife Trust Valley which was once home to Kennall Gunpowder Company. And the St Agnes trail journeys through the mining heritage of a once bustling Cornish village on the county’s picturesque north coast.

The release of the new guides comes on the back of a recent iPhone application and guide to the area, called Cousin Jacks, and the news that The European Route of Industrial Heritage, a network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe, has recognised the area as one of its Regional Routes - a list of linked landscapes and sites which have left their mark on European industrial history.

  • Culture24's Cornish Mining World Heritage-sponsored journalist, Jamie Maddison, has been writing features about Cornwall's mining past. Explore them at
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