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

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The loop path up through Trethevy woods, part of the velvet path above the waterfall, needs to remain closed for safety. We have repeatedly had to replace the mesh and sign over the path as someone is moving it to one side, and recently it was found to have been removed completely from beside the waterfall.

The risk of the tree falling has increased now that it is in leaf, as the increased weight especially when wet is creating more force on the unstable union and roots.  The tree is regularly reviewed by the Ranger and the gap between the two trunks has increased; there is clear sky visible between the two canopies indicating that the trunks are moving apart. It is not a simple task to fell the tree and it has been classified as unsafe to climb.

The tree team will review the situation. Until the problem is resolved please use the old short cut from by the waterfall to access the top track and don’t interfere with the signage; leave it so that everyone can make their own informed decision whether to comply or not.

Thanks for your co-operation.

 Damaged Tree          Damaged Tree 2

(20th June 2023)

Our Valley Needs You.


The Friends of Luxulyan Valley are looking for volunteers to help strengthen its Board of Trustees.

We would be happy to hear from anyone interested in ‘getting involved’ in the promotion, conservation and preservation of the Luxulyan Valley, safeguarding its flora, fauna, historic artefacts and unique atmosphere, whilst still providing a place of rest and relaxation.

Please get in touch via the ‘Contact us’ facility on this website for more information.

Trethevy Loop Path closed

On the advice of the Council's tree experts the Trethevy loop path has been closed.  There is a large twin stemmed beech on the corner that is threatening to split apart and fall on to the path.  It is also unsafe to climb. 

The path is closed on either side and a sign has been added at the far end down by the mines. 

Her Majesty the Queen



We would like to express our sadness at the recent loss of Her Majesty the Queen and our thanks for her lifelong service and being our strength and stay. 

Path Closure

The path alongside the Fowey Consols leat is currently closed as preparations are being made for planned leat repairs to commence to prevent water leaks. The path closure is for safety reasons, whilst materials are being transported with a barrow that requires the full width of the path, and whilst works are ongoing on the narrow bank.


Upcoming events

17 Aug

A Historical Walk in the Luxulyan Valley

Sat 17th Aug 2024, 10:00am to 1:00pm


Led by David Skelhorn we'll be exploring some of the Valley's rich heritage and industrial past. 

Meet: Ponts Mill car park, map ref: SX 072 562

22 Sep

A Nature Walk in the Luxulyan Valley

Sun 22nd Sep 2024, 11:00am to 2:00pm


Exploring some of the Valley's rich flora and fauna. 

Meet: Black Hill car park, map ref. SX 059 573

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Interactive map

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