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

What's new

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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! 

Mistaken identity

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?

Advance Notice of Car Park Closure



1 week temporary closure at Black Hill Car Park, Luxulyan Valley commencing 18 January 2021 for 5 days


Work has commenced on a number of activities within this World Heritage site (WHS) which will result in the design of subtle, but meaningful improvements to the visitor experience, the biodiversity and long term management within the Luxulyan valley.

As part of this commitment, Cornwall Council has commissioned Cormac to undertake ground investigation works to inform designs for possible improvements to the Black Hill car park and adjacent paths. This area has been cleared of brambles and has already been the subject of a detailed topographic survey. Designs will be aimed at addressing issues of drainage, access and surfacing whilst maintaining the feeling of rural isolation and sense of place befitting the site and its heritage. An important aim is to improve access to view the magnificent Treffry viaduct.

Work has also begun on a long term Woodland management strategy. This is partly in response to the problem of Ash die-back and detailed tree survey work is being carried out, particularly in the vicinity of the Black Hill car park. The surveys will guide and inform design, woodland management and activities throughout the valley, including management of the leat walks and other industrial archaeology features.

Cormac apologises for the temporary inconvenience this work may cause. If you have any queries or concerns, or would like to speak to someone about these works, please call 0300 1234 222, or email us at

Upcoming events

22 May

Wildflower Walk

Sat 22nd May 2021, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

A leisurely stroll whilst enjoying the beauty of the Valley's wildflowers with Joan Farmer. 

Booking essential - please email or phone 01726 852603.


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


Subject to Covid restrictions

12 Jun

Beaver Project Visit

Sat 12th Jun 2021, 7:30pm to 9:00pm

A 2-3 hour guided walk around a unique reserve to see what the beavers have been doing since their recent reintroduction to Cornwall. 

Friends of Luxulyan Valley members only, reduced price of £5 per person. 

Booking essential - contact Tracy on 01208 831961 or email


Meet: Woodland Valley Farm, Ladock, Truro, TR2 4PT


Subject to Covid restrictions.

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Interactive map

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