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Visit to Morwellham Quay and Incline (IA Section)

Sat. 29 April 2023 at 2:00 pm

A walk to be led by Rick Stewart and Robert Waterhouse.

The walk will start at Morwellham village at the foot of the inclined plane railway of 1816–17, which linked the Tavistock Canal to quays on the River Tamar. 

It continues up to the incline to the canal wharf where ore was transshipped from canal boats to wagons on the inclined plane.  The walk follows the canal to the portal of the 1.5-mile-long canal tunnel driven under Morwell Down between 1803 and 1817.  

The visit ends at the Morwellham hydroelectric power station, dating from 1933–34.

Due to the nature of the site, there are some uneven pathways, steps and slopes. The walk up the incline is steep.

Rick Stewart is a mining historian, former manager of the Morwellham Quay Mine and currently chair of the Goonvean Engine Trust. Robert Waterhouse is an archaeologist and author of The Tavistock Canal: Its History and Archaeology (2017).

Registration for this visit is required as there is a limit of 25. For further information contact the organiser as below. Detailed information will be circulated later.


Sat. 29 April 2023
2:00 pm
Event Category:


Industrial Archaeology Section