St Day - Trail 2 - Carn Marth Trail
A more challenging trail taking in the open countryside and magnificent views from Carn Marth before descending to visit the open-air ‘Cathedral of Methodism’ at Gwennap Pit and exploring the village of St Day, once a major medieval pilgrimage shrine and a thriving town serving one of the wealthiest mining areas in the world.
The flooded disused granite quarry at the top of Carn Marth now sits amidst a peaceful wildlife habitat with distant views to both the north and south coasts. Look out for the drill testing quarry a bit further along from the flooded quarry. The rock faces of this now silent quarry are lined with thousands of holes created by the testing of the rock drills produced by the famous Holman Bros.
From here the trail descends towards the wonderful gem Gwennap Pit. This is a semi-natural open-air amphitheatre, known as the ‘Cathedral of Methodism’ in which huge congregations gathered to hear John Wesley preach between 1762 and 1789.
The trail then takes you on to the medieval village of St Day, once the thriving commercial and market centre of the incredibly rich ‘Copper Kingdom’. Other notable features include the ruins of St Day Old Church, likened by the Poet-Laureate, Sir John Betjeman, to “an ecclesiastical toy fort”, and the town clock tower that dominates the market place in the centre.