Unity Wood Mines
OS Explorer Map 104: Grid reference SW736436
Unity Wood lies between Scorrier and Chacewater in Kenwyn Parish and can be accessed from the Mineral Tramways Portreath to Devoran Tramway just south east of Scorrier. This large area is bounded by Scorrier in the west, Chacewater in the east and St.Day in the south. A walk through the woods offers a chance to see a pumping engine house, a winding engine house and stamps house along with several capped ancient shafts - the area is riddled with mine workings so as usual Please keep to the path. The area is rich in history and pathways lead the curious visitor through the trees on the way south towards the Poldice Valley. The difference between the leafy glades within Unity Wood and the stark Poldice Valley with its stark landscape and stunted plantlife is enormous. Paths lead off the main track up to Killifreth and to the engine houses of Wheal Unity and Magors Shaft.
There are capped mineshafts at almost every bend in the path and the area is full of history. Cornwall in Focus are currently researching the area as part of its ongoing Mining Database so watch this space....
Now that 'World Heritage' status has been acheived Cornwall in Focus will monitor develpments and learn how the Unity Wood site will fit into the overall Mineral Tramways framework.
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