Wheal Coates

The Wheal Coates mining site is probably the most famous in Cornwall. It sits on one of the most beautiful cliff tops and the Towanroath shaft is very much a Cornish icon. We are most definitely in Poldark country. [click link for more Poldark locations in Cornwall] I have yet to get a ‘proper’ photo…

Carn Galver Mine

The mine at Carn Galver operated on and off from the 1830s to 1878, transforming this quiet coastal moor into a bustling industrial zone. Visitors in the 1870s would have seen smoke billowing from the stack of the steam pumping house (the taller ruined building) which drained water from the mines’s deepest shafts, whilst the…

Cornish favourites: Levant Mine

If you are interested in the Cornish mines and specifically the ruins, but not keen on going underground (Geevor) or walking on steep cliffs (Botallack / Wheal Coates / Rinsey) then Levant is the place for you.  Its main attraction is that it has the world’s only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on…

Thursday Special: Carn Galver Mine

Carn Galver Mine lies alongside the B3306 coast road in north Penwith, situated roughly midway between Zennor and St. Just. The pair of engine houses mark the start of arguably the most concentrated area of mines in the county. The westernmost engine house retains its chimney and used to house a 40-inch pumping engine and…

Neolithic Cornwall

Today we finally managed to find the layby near to the Lanyon Quoit (Neolithic Period) along the Morvah to Madron road in West Penwith. Having driven past many times it is a relief to finally find the right spot! Just a short leap over a stile and you are on the north end of a…

Wheal Coates

Just to show that the Cornish world wasn’t really grey on Boxing Day, but lovely and sunny and away from the cliff edge, reasonably warm too!