Carn Brea overlooks the historic towns Camborne and Redruth. This is a special place to me and Tracy, this is a page dedicated to her, the love of my life.
It is where we go when the batteries need recharging, and the soul needs cleaning. We have sat up there many times together in silence watching the world go by. In a strange way this amazing place has had such an influence on our lives. Many decisions have been made here in the silence and the wind that has intertwined and shaped our futures.
We have walked up Carn Brea many times together hand in hand, with the cameras. Pausing in the sun to take in the amazing views. Surrounded by disused mines and bustling streets this is an oasis of peace which is available to all.
The summit is 738 ft above sea level. On top are incredible rock formations, a restaurant and the impressive monument to Francis Bassett, Lord de Dunstaville.
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Carn Brea 1: Firstly, on reaching the summit this is the view of the castle.
Carn Brea 2: It is built into the living rock of the hill. It is now a restaurant, the history of this building can be traced back over centuries.
Carn Brea 3: A final view of the castle. First built around 1379 AD as a chapel to St. Michael . Around 1790 the building was converted into a castle folly by the Basset Family. The building was designed to be used as a hunting and feasting lodge.
Carn Brea 4: The hill is covered with granite outcrops, these form part of the heart of Cornwall. In the background the Bassett Monument stands tall.
Carn Brea 5: The monument is dedicated to Francis Bassett, Lord de Dunstaville.
Carn Brea 6: Built in 1863 the monument stands 90ft high above the summit of the hill.
Carn Brea 7: There is access in the base of the structure. Stairs are said to be on the inside which lead to a viewing platform at the top.
Carn Brea 8: The view from the top of the monument is supposed to take in both the North and South coasts of Cornwall on a clear day.
tCarn Brea 9: Meanwhile, the granite boulders in the foreground are a stark contrast to the fine cut blocks from which the monument is built.
Carn Brea 10: The front of the monument, the access door can be seen at the base.
Carn Brea 11: An image of the writing in the base of the monument. ‘The County of Cornwall to the memory of Francis Lord de Dunstanville and Basset A.D. 1836’.
Carn Brea 12: A final image from the summit. In the centre of the image are the twin Engine Houses of Wheal Uny Mine.
I never went up the Carn on my many trips to Cornwall over the years. Now, I will only go there with Tracy. As I said at the beginning of the page, it is our special place. I hope you have enjoyed these photographs.
Portreath Harbour Gallery