‘Off the beaten clay trail’ – Wheal Martyn’s Sponsored Walk

On Sunday 15 September, get involved in a sponsored walk, starting from Wheal Martyn. As a charity (Wheal Martyn Trust), we are organising the walk as a fundraising event, in support of our growing educational programme. The museum relies on funding from a range of sources to help support our work – keeping alive the heritage of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, which has shaped the lives of many people throughout the clay area.

The walk will start at Wheal Martyn at 11am, meeting in the atrium. Please bring along a picnic! We will be walking along the clay trails towards the iconic Sky Tip, before heading onto the West Carclaze site to the highest point, where there will be an opportunity for participants to enjoy their picnics, overlooking St Austell Bay and beyond. The walk will then continue through the woods and around the front of the Sky Tip, and finally along the wooded trail, rejoining the clay trail to Wheal Martyn for light refreshments.

The walk will be approximately four miles long, including some hill walking which can be uneven underfoot. This is a unique opportunity to access areas at West Carclaze which are not currently open to the public.

If you would like to take part, please register. We encourage you to aim to raise approximately £50 or above as sponsorship, which will support our growing educational programme. In 2018, the programme engaged over 2,400 people in formal educational opportunities and a further 5,000 people of all ages and abilities in community engagement activity. The number of children and young people involved with Wheal Martyn has risen by 18% in the last 12 months, but it is vital that funds are raised to enable this provision to continue and to meet growing demand. This will ensure that future generations, with less immediate experience of the clay industry, can still be inspired by its far reaching achievements.

Sue Ford, Museum Manager, said, ‘This is a great opportunity to explore some usually closed areas of Imerys land, which have some stunning views, whilst getting active outdoors and helping to raise much needed funds for our ever growing education programme.’

For more information, or to register and receive a contact form, please call us on 01726 850362 or email info@wheal-martyn.com.

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