Tuesday, February 7
Luxulyan Valley Combined Viaduct And Aqueduct
A little off subject today! Some people say it doesn't get cold here in Cornwall, England - huh! It's bitter today, below freezing and there are even icicles hanging from the rocks and foilage at Luxulyan Valley, as the photo above shows.
Even though it's cold we still wanted to walk so we headed for Luxulyan (pronounced Luck-silly-un) Valley where there are lots of paths and also a very old viaduct and aqueduct combined crossing the valley.
The viaduct / aqueduct is bigger than the photo above shows. It has ten 40' arches and from the base it is 100' high with a length of some 650'. It's made of local granite stone and the building commenced way back on the 15th of March 1839. This must have taken a lot of manpower with the stone blocks being raised up by only blocks and pulleys.
The construction was built for two reasons. Firstly to carry water across the valley. There is still water flowing across today. And secondly to transport granite - using horse carts - from quarries to the other side of the valley.
We climbed to the top and all that can be seen is what looks to be a pathway made of granite blocks. The water flows below this stone floor and glimpses can be seen in parts where the blocks are no longer close together.
The valley is full of water: a river and water flowing through a comprehensive leat system.
Near the valley, in the grounds of Prideaux, is a hill-fort at least 2,000 years old and it is believed there were dwellings in the valley in mediaeval times.
Further Cornwall Posts:
The Mystery Of Jesus Visiting Cornwall In England
Keeping The Devil Away At Veryan Cornwall
The Cornish Mystery Of Trevethy Quoit Stones
For more information on Luxulyan Valley go to The Friends Of Luxulyan Valley website.
Photos: © Mike Perry 2012