Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health – taking a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of health conditions and improve mental wellbeing.
By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution and congestion – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process. In and around Redruth, there are countless walking routes that take you across back lanes of history, peaceful and green country lanes or hikes with vistas of the entire county.
Chose your distance and scenery and pick from this great selection of walks from Chris Brough in support of the Redruth Walking Festival.
The Redruth Short Circular takes you through the rich history of the town and countryside, passing Murdoch House where the Engineer William Murdoch discovered gas lighting, then walking up Fore Street you’ll pass the town clock that’s been in place since the 1700’s, along Green Lane, the Plan an Gwarry and onto Church Lane that takes you up to Wheal Uny Engine Houses. The route brings you along footpaths linking up with Victoria Park and back into town passing St Andrews Church and the Pednandrea chimneystack. This walk is around 3.5 miles.
Redruth to Gwennap Pit is a fun walk covering parks, hills with stunning vistas and an ancient amphitheatre. Start from Victoria Park and continue on Raymond road, passing allotments and farm tracks which lead to Gwennap Pit and move southwards to Carn Marth. Take a minute to enjoy the view from here, you’ll see countryside, sea views across Cornwall and an impressive take on Carn Brea.
You can enjoy longer routes from Lanner along to Stithians Reservoir and Hendra or Frogpool or explore Penhalvean, the significantly important Stamps at Wheal Basset, Carnkie and Wheal Francis. There really are so many different opportunities for walking routes in and around Redruth. We recommend looking at Chris’s guides on his website here
If you need some inspiration for reasons to pull on those walking boots, we love these simple 20 tips to inspire you to take a short walk.