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Posted: 30/08/2009 08:39:47
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Hi Caravanning for a week just outside Perranporth from 11/09. Eager to spend most of that time around old mines, but better half not keen, so will need to be mainly on surface.

I'll try to combine mines with walking, so as to keep her happy, with the odd pint and pasty thrown in.

Any bright suggestions as to places to go (we'll obviously cover the standards like Cligga, Consolidated and Basset) The other half loves the social history bit re mining, but likes to stay on top. Mining that is!

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Posted: 30/08/2009 17:24:29
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Just a personal opinion but I must admit to finding the history of Portreath fascinating, both socially and industrially.. A microcosm of Cornwall perhaps.

It was an important port during the 19th century regarding copper and coal with the tramway and the Hayle railway incline but also very dependant on fishing as were most places in Cornwall. In the early 1800s the village had not yet developed so crews for the fisheries and women to work in the "fish palace" had to be found elsewhere.

As Michael Tangye says, "paid expence at Star Inn St. Ives for men fetching women and their glass of liquor each on leaving the place each time".

As he goes on to say one can visualise Henry Bath and his associates touring the dimly lit public houses, the persuasion over a glass of beer and the resultant crew grouped together and walking to Portreath.

MTs little booklet "Portreath; some chapters in its History" is worth a read if you get the chance. Unfortunately there isn't much left from the early days apart from the harbour and where the famous incline was.

So there you go. Do the mines around Porthtowan, walk along the cliff path to Portreath (well worth it) and have a pasty while trying to visualise it 200 years ago. Smile An old map is very useful.

A bit dependant on whether winter has decided to take a breather.

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IP: 80.47.240.94 Edited: 30/08/2009 17:26:26 by carnkie
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Posted: 30/08/2009 17:52:17
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I would recommend walking the tramline through the poldice valley, then explore united downs. Not too far from the Norway inn for a nice pub lunch either! IP: 87.115.167.85
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Posted: 31/08/2009 12:21:41
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Consols.

Tywarnhayle.

Cligga to Perranporth.

Other than that, Botallack to Levant. Amazing.

No matter how many times you poke around Consols, it never ceases to amaze.
IP: 91.104.212.138 Edited: 31/08/2009 12:22:49 by stuey
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Posted: 31/08/2009 13:10:30
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If you down that way call in at Saint Agnes,I mine half way down a cliff on the north coast, a real nice place.

Wayne.
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Posted: 31/08/2009 13:41:35
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Do not forget to take your passport. They are a funny load of bu**ers down there.

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Posted: 31/08/2009 16:57:45
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As far as I'm aware under the new EU regs. passport requirements only apply to the Welsh and Devonians. Flowers

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Posted: 01/09/2009 12:20:33
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Where do I stand then?
I've been living in Devon for 30 years now.
I may need a passport for the Tamar Bridge to get into Cornwall I think?
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Posted: 01/09/2009 13:09:47
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"I'll try to combine mines with walking, so as to keep her happy, with the odd pint and pasty thrown in."

A Bob Acton book or two will help you out combining mine visits, walking and pubs.

After living in cornwall over 30 years, I find it very hard to find a pint with a pasty in many pubs these days.

Other than Basset / wheal frances & countryman, Tincroft/dolcoath & Brea inn on the mineral tramway footpaths, Not sure of what other pub/mine/walks there are in Camborne Redruth district.
I don't think pubs in Troon/Beacon do food.



IP: 194.126.226.253 Edited: 01/09/2009 14:35:08 by Dolcoathguy
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Posted: 01/09/2009 14:22:52
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All three pubs in Pendeen do food and very good it is too - as are the local mines. IP: 86.152.105.209
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Posted: 01/09/2009 15:24:02
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probably showing my age a bit, but my favourite pasties came from the bakers' shop opposite Tyacks' Hotel... Marks?

Ginster's bakery ( opposite the Trevenson campus ) is an abiding, if not very inspiring, memory of my student days... CSM students ate no end of those things, mainly because they were cheap and filled you up, very important for getting through the year on a fixed grant in those days of soaring inflation.
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Posted: 01/09/2009 15:26:06
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Bill L wrote:

All three pubs in Pendeen do food and very good it is too - as are the local mines.


ooooooooo .... lemme think............ Radjel, Queens' Head... can't think of the third one

ok, it's the Queens Arms and the North Inn, what would we do without google?


went to Botallack during a trip down a couple of years ago, No 2 Son's rugby team were on tour. Didn't manage to get a pint in though for some reason.

pasties were a big hit with the team, apparently. The things you get in East Anglian chip shops under that name bear no visible resemblance.... Tongue


IP: 149.254.56.41 Edited: 01/09/2009 15:31:07 by derrickman
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Posted: 01/09/2009 16:09:03
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I came across chitterlings when I first worked in East Anglia 50 years ago. I'm starting to feel ill thinking about it.

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Posted: 01/09/2009 16:17:42
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my wife comes from the depths of the fens, an area which makes St Just look quite cosmopolitan, and she finds cockles, mussels and jellied eels quite repulsive... IP: 149.254.56.41
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Posted: 01/09/2009 16:30:21
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The third pub in Pendeen is the Trewellard and a visit to them all makes a nice short. It can legitimised as fieldwork about the social history of local mining. Smartass IP: 86.152.105.209
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Posted: 01/09/2009 16:33:55
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I meant a nice short walk - St. Austell beer destroys brain cells! IP: 86.152.105.209
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Posted: 01/09/2009 16:38:41
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Bill L wrote:

The third pub in Pendeen is the Trewellard and a visit to them all makes a nice short. It can legitimised as fieldwork about the social history of local mining. Smartass


obviously the answer to the question about what would we do without google, would seem to be .... come up with the right answer..... Blink
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Posted: 01/09/2009 19:41:21
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Ginster's bakery ( opposite the Trevenson campus ) is an abiding, if not very inspiring, memory of my student days... CSM students ate no end of those things, mainly because they were cheap and filled you up, very important for getting through the year on a fixed grant in those days of soaring inflation.

Reminds me of old CSM student buddy who supplemented his income in late 1980's by buying pasties wholesale hot from bakers then selling them in CSM with a mark up, any leftover were sold to friends (cold) at cost price.
Yes Marks is opposite Tyacks, but nothing like it used to be since stiff competition from Warrens & Berriman's to name a few.
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Posted: 01/09/2009 20:58:49
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that's nothing new, I remember someone doing that. Cold pasties, eewwww....... the bakers opposite Trevenson was Ovenfresh, not Ginster, now I come to think about it

Marks also used to do big, soft ginger bickies like my gran used to make, lovely... Thumbs Up

round here it's Greggs that have killed off the 'proper' bakers, mass-produced pap worse than Tesco but cheap...
IP: 82.32.67.44 Edited: 01/09/2009 21:00:08 by derrickman
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Posted: 01/09/2009 21:24:37
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Wow!

What a thread. Started as a where can I go in Cornwall - to beer - to pubs - pasties!

Thanks for all the tips. I will get round as many as I can - mines that is, but also the pubs. Best pasty I ever had was in '75 at the Chequers near Watergate Bay, probably a housing estate by now.
However, grateful for all your advice. If you're ever up in the Forest of Dean, look for Freeminer beer. They name all their brews after old mines. My son photographed the mine and then bought me a 20 pint box for birthday. (Un)fortunately he got 20 litres by mistake - had to be drunk in 6 days.

Hou sos meur rasta!

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