Cycling and Walking in Cornwall – The Great Flat Lode

Cycling and Walking in Cornwall – The Great Flat Lode

The Great Flat Load

Cycling and Walking in Cornwall - The Great Flat Lode

We are lucky at Lanyon Holiday Park to be so close to the Great Flat Lode. just 800 meters from our holiday park is the Wheal Frances entrance to the Great Flat Lode. Here you can walk, cycle and ride a horse.

The Wheal Buller riding stables are only one mile away and offer riding holidays or hourly hire of horses with tuition if required. Children from as young as six years old are led by the instructors onto the Great Flat Lode to enjoy the beautiful Cornish countryside.

This is the heart of ‘Poldark’ country where extensive tin mining took place and there are numerous reminders of this important historical industry with many buildings still standing. There is informative signage to explain the nature of these buildings and what part they had to play in the production of tin and copper.

The Great Flat Lode was a transport roadway that connected the tin mines and provided a path for the transportation of tin through the countryside to the ports at the coast. From here the tin and copper was shipped to other parts of the U.K and exported abroad. The King Edward Mine Museum only one mile away from Lanyon provides great insight into the effect mining had on Cornwall and its inhabitants.

From Lanyon you can see and walk up to the Basset monument that was constructed from money raised by the local workforce in appreciation of Lord Francis Basset who owned the mines and employed many of the men and women in the area. He was appreciated for the good welfare he offered his employees.

If you enjoy touring or camping in a pet friendly environment and want to discover the historic past of Cornwall and would like to visit the famous town of St Ives, Falmouth, Penzance or the surfing beaches of Perranporth then Lanyon would be perfect for you.

Bassett Monument – Carn Brea

Bassett Monument – Carn Brea

The monument on Carn Brea Hill

Have you ever thought when travelling on the A30 Cornwall, heading west near Redruth & Camborne, what is that imposing structure on top of the big hill?

Well I can tell you it is a 90 ft high granite obelisk.  The huge column was erected in 1836 in memory of Francis Bassett, Lord De Duntstaville.

The bassets were the most important mining family in the area.  Francis Bassett was the first to be elevated to nobility, mainly due to his efforts to raise an army of miners to defend the port of Plymouth from invading French and Spanish fleets.

Francis did a lot to improve the welfare of the miners he employed and was a patron for many other good causes, a well-respected gentleman.

After his death in 1865 over 20,000 people formed a procession at his funeral.  The monument was paid for by public donations.

Lanyon Holiday Park has some spectacular views to this historic monument, where we live and is about a mile away from our touring and camping park.

It is an interesting place to visit and for children and adults that are mobile a great place to climb on the massive granite boulders with panoramic view to the coast towards St Ives in the distance.

A rough road leads to the Bassett monument from the village of Carnkie.  I have seen all types of vehicles on the car park, including a three wheeled reliant robin and the original mini, just go carefully.

Why not pay a visit when you are in the area.

For more information of other places of interest visit

Carn Brea Castle

Carn Brea Tin Mines