Q is for Quarry

Quite a bit of Cornwall has been dug up at one time or another, and the catchment of the Camel is no exception.  Ruthernbridge was the site of one of many Cornish tin mines, now closed and much-romanticised.  Slate is still extracted from Delabole near Camelford, but sessile oak now grows round the abandoned quarry in the Hawke’s Wood reserve near Wadebridge.  Tourism provides a much safer, less dirty way of making a living than mining, and though it’s often said you can’t eat scenery, the Camel trail and the visitors it attracts are one way that this is regularly disproved.

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    AtoZed of The Camel are a fly-tying, conservation-minded fisherman who lives on the Camel
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