With over 400 acres available for the enjoyment of the public, Kit Hill Country Park located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is an ideal place for a wide range of activities including bird watching, kite flying and picnics.
Kit Hill has always been an important site, historically used for agriculture, religious purposes and for the exploitation of its stones and minerals.
This wild, rugged granite hilltop is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and is famous for its fine views and fascinating history.
Kit Hill is the most dominant landscape feature in East Cornwall.
A map of the hill is available to download here.
Things to see!
- The Quarry
- The North Engine Shaft
- South Kit Hill Mine Summit Stack is a famous landmark. The chimney served a steam engine that lifted ore from the mine.
- Walking Trail - there is an easy to follow way-marked trail . Allow 2 hours to complete. The path is uneven and can be wet in places. Please close all the gates.
- Horse Trail - there is a circular horse trail, way–marked by wooden posts with blue arrows. Please do not ride on the footpaths or the summit.
- Wildlife watching - Cuckoo, Stonechats, skylarks and tree pipits nest in the heathland, while birds of prey such as buzzard and kestrel hunt overhead. Furry moth caterpillars are common on the heather and during the summer months the sunny slopes are popular with basking adders. Nature has even reclaimed mine workings with bats roosting deep underground.
Parking: - several car parks at different heights
Toilets: - available at the cafe
Food: - there is a cafe at the South East base of the hill
Dogs: - dogs are welcome