Joseph Treffry completed the viaduct in 1842 as a convenient route between the coast and high ground where he owned land and mineral setts.

The Luxulyan Valley is classified as a County Wildlife Site

The valley is also known for its picturesque qualities and ecological interests which have been long recognised.

The Wheelpit originally had a 30-foot diameter water wheel supplying power to a cable mechanism for hauling wagons up the Carmears Inclined Plane.

Much of the valley is covered in dense woodland, with rich ecological diversity and tranquil beauty.

Welcome to The Friends of Luxulyan Valley

Luxulyan Valley is a beautiful wooded valley in mid Cornwall through which runs the river Par. It was designated as part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site in 2006 for the fascinating early 19th century industrial remains that can be found throughout the area. 

The Friends of Luxulyan Valley are a group concerned with the conservation of the Valley. We were established in 1997 and have links with  Cornwall Council and the Footpath Committees of Luxulyan and Lanlivery parishes. We are also members of The Conservation Volunteers. Our objectives are to promote, preserve and protect the valley. 

You can help us by joining the Friends to keep this treasure for future generations; individual membership costs just £8 per year, joint membership £10 and family membership £12. Members get a quarterly newsletter and free entry to most of our events

Upcoming events

22 Aug

Fungi Walk - Cancelled until further notice

Sat 22nd Aug 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Discover the world of fungi with our guide Pauline Penna.

Meet: Gunwen Chapel, Breney Common PL30 5DU

20 Sep

Luxulyan Valley Walk - see note below

Sun 20th Sep 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm

A guided tour of some of the more obscure parts of the Valley, such as the Royal Train sidings.

Meet: Ponts Mill Car Park, map ref. SX 072 562

Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook and notice boards for up-to-date information on this event. Numbers may need to be restricted, so please register your interest with Joan nearer the time -

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Interactive map

Learn more about the Valley and plan your trip with our interactive map.