Baal Pit and Carn Grey is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near St Austell, Cornwall, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 334 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

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A route that follows martian landscapes and ancient tors. This is an excellent walk with only a few hills but fabulous views into an industrial lanscape that is gradually being terraformed. China Clay is decomposed granite, which is found in very few places around the world. The deposits in Cornwall and Devon are the largest. The clay is used in papermaking, paints, porcelains, dyes and cosmetics. China clay was discovered in Cornwall by Cookworthy in 1746. By 1850, there were seven thousand employees in the St Austell district, extracting, transporting and exporting the clay. Production methods have changed considerably due to advances in modern technology, but the industry was one of Cornwall's largest employers for many years. What you will see along this walk are the pits where the china clay was dug out from and the deposits of waste material, from the white paths that you are standing on to the strange green pyramids, all are waste products of the clay industry. If you visit Eden you may be surprised to realize that it once looked pretty much like Ball Pit.

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blowdown
3 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Pretty patch with lots of nice views. Lots of dogs poo on the trail. Looks where you steps :)

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over grown
9 months ago

Lovely walk. I would recommend sticking to the proper trails though. This route took us through overgrown fields for part of the route. Beautiful azure coloured pools in the old pits and open moorland with lots of wild flowers.

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Sun Mar 17 2019

Mon Apr 09 2018

awesome place to walk

walking
Sun Feb 04 2018

Great views, pathways are mostly in good condition. One section was very muddy (January) and required wellies! But will be a great walk when dry. Our dog really enjoyed it, but need to be aware of horse riders, mountain bikers and joggers who all share the paths.

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3 months ago

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5 months ago