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Stithians is a typical Cornish village, with many granite cottages interspersed with more recent buildings. The surrounding countryside is farm and woodland, also ideally located between Truro, Falmouth, Redruth & Helston.
Nearby you will find Stithians Lake which offers water sports facilities, bird watching and walking. The area abounds with footpaths. The village has regular bus services.
The parish is mainly agricultural, lying south of the Gwennap mining area and north of the quarrying areas of Rame and Longdowns.
The River Kennall runs through the parish: in the 19th century, this river worked a flour mill and a number of gunpowder mills, machinery at a foundry, and a paper mill.