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Beacon Hill Mine - SW 9691 6215

Variously known as Beacon Hill Mine, Belovely or Belowda Beacon was chiefly a tin mine working Wheal Dora Lode and Webb's Lode. The enterprise was quite short-lived and was only in operation for 30 years - 1872 to 1902, during this time it produced 49 tons of tin. There were attempts at reopening the mine in 1909, 1921 and 1935 but these came to nothing.

The Bodmin and Wenford Railway and Wenfordbridge branch

Well, the day started quite pleasantly while I watched 4612 arrive, run round it's train and head off again at Boscarne Junction, ahhh, memories. So then I set off up the Wenfordbridge branch and then it started to pour down with rain. But I did get to Wenfordbridge and back again.

Delabole Quarry - SX 0755 8420

the biggest hole in the world (at one time!)

Fowey and Polruan

Pont Quay - SX 1433 5185

Pont Quay (or Pont Pill) at the end of Pont Creek has two well-preserved limekilns, recorded here in 1814, the limestone coming from Plymouth. The tariff board is dated 1894 and there are two warehouses to hold the 'imports and exports' that crossed the River Fowey, roadstone, bricks, coal, manure and flour going in and grain and logs going out. There is also a corn mill, sawmill, a beer house and blacksmith shop around the quay. Pont Creek is believed to have inspired 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Graham.

Luxulyan and Treffrys Tramroad


Sea and beaches with added railways, canals, caves and mines


The cast iron water tank at Padstow gun battery is embossed with "Douglass Bros Ld, Blaydon-on-Tyne, C & M 1888".

Trevose Head and Trebetherick

with quarries and shipwrecks

St Ives and Carrack Dews mine - SW 5108 4093

The Carrack Dews mine on Carrick Du was in existence by 1853 but disused and the engine houses in ruins in 1877, The site was quarried later just leaving this shaft.

Penzance and Wadebridge


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Morwellham Quay

Seaton Tramway

The Dart Valley Railway

Along the River Dart


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Weymouth harbour tramway


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Cheddar Valley Railway and close by

Minehead and Tiverton

WW2 pillboxes and the terminus of the Grand Western Canal


Birnbeck Pier, with fond memories of day trips on the paddle steamers from Cardiff Pier Head, crumbles away as you watch.
Plus a collection of old Somerset County Council fingerposts at Sand Bay.

The West Somerset Railway

from Minehead to Bishops Lydiard


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Bradford-on-Avon - ST 824606

A Ramblers walk around Bradford-on-Avon with the Kennet and Avon Canal and a couple of glimpses of the GWR Westbury line through the trees.The Avoncliff Cloth Mill dates from the early 18thC and was converted from corn to cloth in 1763. A WW2 pill-box guards the aqueduct with its decidely drooping main arch.

Kingsdown Quarry (Swan Quarry), Kingsdown - ST 810670

Kingsdown Quarry or Swan Quarry at Kingsdown is a small quarry in the grand scheme of Bath Stone quarries but there's a lot of interest. Begun towards the end of the 19th century, it was unusual in that several companies were working it at the same time. The last workings finished in 1939 and, avoiding requisition during the war, the quarry hasn't worked since, despite a number of plans and ideas. The surviving complete crane was used by 'Marsh Sons and Gibbs'. There are a lot of artifacts displayed through the system and many quarrymen's calculations of the work done written on the walls. It's avery interesting little system.

Box Quarry, Wiltshire - ST 842691

A trip I missed, the Gwent Caving Club visited Box Quarry and found all sorts of bits and pieces. I'd already been committed to a cold, wet, misty walk with the Ramblers. Having seen these pictures I probably chose unwisely... Another time, hopefully. Thanks to Andrew Sheehy for the photos.

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