Though they rarely figure on the radar of visitors, in many ways the gritty twin towns of Redruth and Camborne represent Cornwall's tin-seamed soul. A century-and-a-half ago, these towns were at the centre of the county's mining industry, and their hilltops would have thrummed and pounded with the sound of mine wheels and engine stacks. Sadly, the decline of the mining industry has been mirrored in the towns' fortunes – they're now among the most deprived areas in Cornwall.
The area received a boost in 2006 following the designation of Unesco World Heritage status for the Cornwall & West Devon Mining Landscape, and there are various sites that explore the county's industrial past and future.
Looming above town is the unmistakeable landmark of Carn Brea, a rocky hill topped by a Celtic cross. The views from here stretch all the way to both coasts on a clear day.