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Facilities available on this trail:

Picnic areas - Wheal Jewel Park, Church Street, St Day; Rugby field, Tolgullow, St Day

Eating and shopping - village store in St Day

Public houses - The St Day Inn, Fore Street, St Day

WCs - At rear of Community Centre in St Day


Family and children friendly - the route is family friendly

Cycle Trail - good trail but some rough sections

Horse Riding Trail - trail is suitable

Walking Trail - a gentle to moderate trail

Disability access - a bit too far to push a wheelchair but if you have an electric one or scooter you should be ok.

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St Day Inn

The St. Day Inn is a family run pub located in the cente of the village. Now Open From 4.00 pm Mon to Fri & Families Welcome, Bar Snacks, Outside Area, Pool Table
Address: St Day, Redruth, TR16 5JU
Tel: +44 1209 820573
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/The-StDay-Inn/103914870761

Lower Poldice Cottage Bed and Breakfast

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from Janet and Geoff at Lower Poldice Cottage. Established in 1983, this idyllic country cottage is set in nearly three quarters of an acre of ground, surrounded by fields, and central for touring Mid and West Cornwall.
The cottage has been tastefully modernised, and overlooks the picturesque cornish mining countryside, which was once 'The Richest Square Mile In the World' for copper and tin.
Address: Lower Poldice Cottage, Lower Poldice, St. Day, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5PP
Tel: +44 1209 820438
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Website: www.lowerpoldicecottage.co.uk


Address: Fore Street, St. Day

Lat: N 50° 14' 19.85"
Long: W 5° 11' 8.81"

OS Grid Ref: SW 72928 42515

Distance: 2.55 miles

Terrain: Challenging


The atmospheric graveyard behind St Day Old Church where many of the trades people of St Day are buried.

St Day - Trail 3 - Trade & Industry Trail

Although seen today as a quiet village, St Day was once a populous and thriving town serving one the wealthiest mining areas in the world. This trail invites you to explore this fascinating settlement, with its historic streets and buildings, and find out more about its industrial past.

The valley you start along, the Poldice Valley, has a long history of mining related industry dating back to at least 1512. Among the many remains including walled mine shafts and chimneys are what is left of the mid 19th century arsenic works where arsenic was condensed from gases into crystal form which was then exported across the world for use in insecticides and industrial processes, such as glass making.

In the first half of the nineteenth century St Day was the service centre of the wealthy Gwennap mining area, with numerous shops, inns, markets and chapel, as well as workshops, including one operated by William Wilton producing scientific instruments specifically for the mining industry.

In 1875 the Unity Safety Fuse Company opened its new works at Little Beside. The company moved here after six women and girl workers were killed in a serious explosion at the company’s earlier works at Wheal Unity Count House. The works were later taken over by Bickfords and continued in operation until the end of the First World War. Nearby was Fitton’s Velveteen factory that employed around 40 local women in the 1880s and 90s.