Redruth Old Cornwall Society

Founded 1922

Trips Out and About



Excursion to Carnglaze Caverns, The Minions & The Hurlers

On Saturday. 02. June 2007

Leaving New Cut car park at 9.30 a.m. we should reach the Carn Glaze Caverns at 10.30 a.m. which will give us time for a coffee break. Due to the size of our party the tours will be split into two groups, the first group starting at 11 a.m. and the second at 12 noon. After the tours we leave for lunch which will be at the London Inn, St. Neot (or some may wish to bring a packed lunch). After lunch we head for the Minions.

Carnglaze Caverns: - Carnglaze which means “blue rock pile” in Cornish, goes back before the dinosaurs roamed the earth. The mud which would become the slate that is Carnglaze was being laid down underneath the seas from as long ago as 500 million years. Intense pressure and earth movements resulted in the mud being metamorphosed into slate. Carnglaze was originally an opencast quarry and about 300 years ago it was extended into the vast underground caverns visible today. The tour will last for about 45 minutes when we will be taken through the three unique centuries old caverns of cathedral proportions, hand created by local slate miners. Within the complex is the famous subterranean lake with its crystal clear water. During the tour we will go about 100 metres into the hillside and 150 metres below ground and as the temperature is at a constant 10° c. a jumper and sensible footwear is recommended.

Hand-tinted postcard of Phoenix United Mine

The Minions: -  This is the highest village in Cornwall and it sprang up on open moorland to serve the miners working in the nearby 19th century tin and copper mines. Today it offers a range of attractions for visitors including cafes a pub, post office and shop. Sheep and cattle wander freely through its streets to graze on the green. The last mine to close was the Prince of Wales Shaft and an engine house of the South Phoenix mine is now the Minions Heritage Centre.

The Hurlers Near Minions - Minions

The Hurlers: - Here at the Minions on Bodmin Moor, surrounded by deserted mines and other industrial wreckage, are three stone circles, close together and known as the Hurlers. The vary in size from 105 ft in diameter to 135 ft. The largest is the central circle known as the Pipers and has a central stone. Legend says that these pillars were once men, turned into stone for hurling the ball on the Sabbath.

If you wish to go on this excursion, phone Jean Opie on 01209 215084




A Hillside view of Truro Cathedral - Truro

Visit to Truro Cathedral to view the treasures in the Crypt.

Plus an excursion to the Roseland area in the afternoon.

Saturday 11th August 2007


We leave the New Cut car park at 9.30 a.m. and go to Truro where we will have the rare opportunity of seeing, with a lecture, the Treasures of the Cathedral and I have been told that they form a very impressive collection. We should arrive at the Cathedral at 10.15 where we will form ourselves into two groups; the first group will meet Mr. Colin Reid at the Crypt door in the Cathedral car park (bottom of the chapter house near the restaurant) where they will start the tour. The second group will go to the restaurant for teas and coffees etc. and at around 10.45 the groups will swap over when the second group will have their tour and the first have their coffee. The cost of this tour will be £2.50 each and this will be collected along with the coach fare.

We leave Truro at approximately 11.30 and drive to St. Mawes where we have lunch; there are numerous cafes, pubs etc. or you may bring a packed lunch. There will be time for a look around the place but unfortunately the castle does not open on Saturdays, neither does Lamorran Gardens. However, it is very pleasant to stroll around and admire the views.

We leave St. Mawes and travel the short distance to St. Just in Roseland, which should not be missed when travelling to this area. We have been here on many occasions and it has always been a popular stop. The 13th - century church whose setting ranks among the most memorable anywhere in Britain, nestles beneath slopes where bamboo, camellias, rhododendrons, Chilean fire bushes and many sub tropical plants flourish in colourful profusion. Granite tablets carved with verses flank the path down to the church.

We now travel to Veryan which will also serve as a tea–stop. Veryan lies in a wooden dell that forms a perfect setting for the white-washed cottages, many of which are thatched. The village also contains five ‘round houses’ with a cross on the top of each; these were said to be Devil proof as there are no corners for him to hide in. Below the churchyard there is a water-garden sheltered by oak trees and subtropical flowers and trees are abundant here due to its mild climate.

We trust you will have an enjoyable day and once again I would like to thank you for your support.                                                               

                                                Ron Opie

Those wishing to go on this excursion please ring Jean Opie on 01209 215084