Cornwall’s Mining Heritage Tour 2020
Itinerary for our fabulous Cornwall Mining Heritage Tour:
10.00 am: Leaving at 10.00 am from our own hotel: The Residence at Bolenna in the heart of Perranporth; the real Poldark’s Cornwall. We are delighted to launch the new:
CORNWALL’S MINING HERITAGE TOUR.
We drive west through the heartlands of mining country where Sir Francis Bassett’s immense empire dominated both the landscape and the social history of the area and head towards Redruth and Carn Brea.
Surrounded by disused engine houses as far as the eye can see we will stop first at either East Pool Mine (National Trust) or King Edward Mine.
Both these old engine houses have been restored and have a wealth of information therein and highlight the importance of Redruth and the surrounding area as the epicentre of Cornish mining.
If you have any Cornish heritage you wish to trace we could also visit the newly multi-million facility at the old Redruth Brewery: Kresen Kernow, which houses all Cornwall’s historic documents and parish records.
We continue our Cornwall Mining Heritage Tour adventure by travelling west to The Tin Coast.
Driving along one of the most scenic and staggering roads in the UK we pass farms and engine houses until we find little tin mining towns and villages, strewn along the north coast.
Our first stop will be at Geevor Mining museum where we will have a break for food and drink before touring the facility. Geevor mine was the last West Cornwall mine to close (1990) and houses an immense collection of artefacts as well as a perfectly preserved “Miner’s Dry”.
Following this we drive the short distance to Levant Mine (National Trust) where the fully restored working steam engine is regularly fired up for visitors to appreciate the engineering ingenuity of our forefathers. It may be possible to go underground briefly at either of these venues but this is entirely at the discretion of the venue and is safety permitting.
We then drive to BOTALLACK mine. Made famous in both the recent and the 1970’s adaptations of the POLDARK saga. Fans of the show will recognise the mines used as WHEAL LEISURE and WHEAL GRACE and the iconic twin engine houses of Crowns mine set at the base of Botallack cliffs and used as the mine known as GRAMBLER in the show. We take a wonderful circular walk here and for those less mobile there is an option to hire a Tramper vehicle if necessary.
The walk ends through the old arsenic labyrinth and your appreciation and understanding of the toils and deprivation of the workers will give you a new insight into the mining past of Cornwall’s Mining Heritage.
Our drive back north east takes us approximately an hour.
We aim to be back towards Perranporth by late afternoon and we call in for a last up-close-and-personal look at another ruined engine house. Wheal Coates near St Agnes features in the last season of POLDARK as the supposedly derelict “Wheal Leisure”.
The iconic Towanroath Shaft graces many postcards and the evening setting sun over the sea will give you some wonderful lasting memories and great photos to take away with you.
We return to THE RESIDENCE AT BOLENNA.
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