Gunpowder and Mining Tour of Mid Cornwall

Explore a gunpowder and mining tour at Kennal Vale

From Gunpowder to Mining: The Kennal River and Devoran Guided Tour

Explore the fascinating history of Cornwall’s gunpowder industry and mining heritage on our guided tour of the Kennal River.

Tour Itinerary

Pick up from accommodation 9am

Hawkes Shaft Engine Pumping House

We start our tour at Hawkes Shaft, a short walk through mining country to see the disused mines of Mid Cornwall.

Gwennap Pit

On to the gunpowder and mining tour with a trip to the historic open-air amphitheater at Gwennap Pit. Once a natural basin and used for mining it became one of the most important sites in the history of Methodism.

Ale and Cakes Mine

In United Downs we take a short walk along the cycle route to visit one of the united mines here in Cornwall.

Stithians Reservoir

Next, we’ll take you to Stithians Lake, a man made lake covering 300 acres that was once farming land. Visiting the lovely Wild Vibes CafĂ© for morning coffee.

Kennal Vale

Afterwards, we’ll head to Kennal Vale and the old Gunpowder Works with stories of explosions being heard as far away as Falmouth.

The Island

We take a short walk to see where the Kennal River becomes tidal and runs along side the Carnon River both filtering into Restrongeuet Creek at the same point and the man made island from Carnon mine.


Our last stop is Devoran, a village known for its rich industrial history, scenic beauty, and diverse wildlife. The village was once a thriving centre of the Cornish mining industry, with copper and tin mining taking place in the area from the 16th to the 19th century.

We’ll leave Devoran in time to get you back to your accommodation by 5pm.

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