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.
Luxulyan Valley history guided walk
Unearth some of the Valley's fascinating history during a guided walk of the Valley with Roger Smith. See our events page for details.
Beaver Project Visit
There are still places left for our visit to the Beaver project near Truro on June 12th and we have opened it up for non-members too! Check out the details on our Events page and find out how to book your place!
Volunteer Work Party
On Friday 7th May look out for our Ranger Jenny and her crew of volunteers in the Valley, where they will be doing gate and fence maintenance to the meadow and getting some of those Rhododendrons under control!
The birdwatchers amongst the readers of the latest blog will have spotted I mistook a nuthatch for an early wheatear! Interestingly in this age of digital information, it was a good old fashioned book that led to the discovery! Well, I really don't mind, I am still enjoying their visits to my garden.
Read our new blog article 'Is it Spring yet?'
‘When is Spring?’ my partner asked me some weeks ago, following Matt Hancock’s announcement about a possible end to lockdown (which now seems overly optimistic). Struggling as I was to get through the dark, wet days of January, it couldn’t come soon enough, but when would it arrive?
‘The valley is one of the most charming sylvian scenes in the West of England, diversified with granite bolders, and spanned by the graceful Treffry viaduct that is also an aqueduct, though the train did not allow time enough for admiration of the natural beauties’ (Mr Trevail, The Royal Cornwall Gazette, 1900).
As we walk through the tranquil valley with its natural-looking slopes, mature trees and trilling streams, it is difficult to keep in mind that its character, seemingly so unspoilt, results from its history as an industrial site. Although it was too deep to clear for farmland, too rocky to stream for tin, too steep to build housing estates, it has never been an unchanging idyll.
A Walk to Carbeans & Colcerrow Quarries and Big Rock
Sat 21st Aug 2021, 10:30am to 12:30pm
A rare opportunity to visit these important features on private land. Very rough underfoot, sturdy footwear recommended.
Meet at 10.30: Black Hill car park, map ref. SX 059 573
Subject to Covid restrictions
History of the Valley walk
Sun 19th Sep 2021, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Another opportunity to take a guided walk of the Valley's rich multi-layered history with Roger Smith.
Meet at Ponts Mill car park at 10.30, map ref. SX 059 562
Subject to Covid Restrictions