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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New blog article to read

A member of the Friends shares a surprise finding during his walk in the Valley recently. 

Black Hill Car Park

The resurfacing and drainage works at Black Hill Car Park are now complete and it is open for use. Hooray! 

Do you have a minute or two?

Minute taker needed! Friends of Luxulyan Valley trustees still need a secretary to helpb organise our meeting agendas, write up minutes and help with any correspondence. If that sounds too much but you would be willing to just write up our minutes, we would still love to hear from you. We meet every other month and have an annual AGM. Although it is an important role it is not too great a commitment, plus you will get to know everything that is going on in the Valley first hand!

If you are interested in helping and getting to know more about the Valley please get in touch via Facebook Messenger , email  or request a phone call for a chat!

Our new 2022 Valley Guidebook is here!

The long-awaited Friends of Luxulyan Valley’s 64-page souvenir guide to the Valley is now available to buy online or in local shops. Our new edition includes an A4 colour map of the area and is packed with photographs old and new in full colour throughout. The story charts the history of the Valley from Medieval times to its zenith during the Age of Enlightenment, when the ingenuity and ambition of one man created an industrial powerhouse, the remaining structures and landscape of which has earned the Valley its World Heritage status.

Our guide also provides information on common flora and fauna that might be seen when visiting, with numerous recommended walks to help readers discover the many historic and natural wonders of the Valley for themselves.

See our Shop page for more details. 

A dry day at Trevanny Dry

Although a home for much wildlife, tree and bramble roots are bad news for historic building remains and need removing. Read our latest blog about the work party at Trevanny Dry last month. 

Upcoming events

11 Jun

Charlestown Walk

Sat 11th Jun 2022, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Charlestown Walk.

A guided tour of this historic village with Lyndon Allen. Learn more about the rise and fall of Charles Rashleigh.

£10 p/p for FoLV members, £12.50 p/p for non-members.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL, Tel. Tracy 01208 831961, or email:

Meet: Charlestown Church at 10.30am, Church Road, PL25 3NS.

15 Jul

Work Party - Balsam Pulling

Fri 15th Jul 2022, 9:30am to 1:00pm

Balsam Pulling. 


Hot drinks and biscuits available, bring your own mug if possible. 

Meet 09.30 Ponts Mill by gate into valley SX 07262 56211

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Interactive map

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