The Red River is not as you’d imagine from the name, actually red. It got its name because historically the local mines discharged their ore processing wastes into the river which turns the water brown or red. Reading up on the mining history of this county it appears that the rivers were very lucrative with thousands of pounds worth of minerals being found due to the inefficiency of the mines to process them properly.
South Wheal Frances was part of the Bassett Mines which worked the Great Flat Lode. There are still some impressive buildings on the site.
Even a cold winter’s day ( 6°C) couldn’t deter these hardy surfers and paddleboarder from the water in Porthleven.