Encounter Walking


The Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site

Day 2 -  Zennor to Pendeen 9 miles along The South West Coast Path

Todays Walking Detail -  Today you continue along the cliffs and coves of the wild Atlantic coast path heading for the lighthouse at Pendeen.

CLICK HERE to read the route description Zennor to Pendeen

www.cornish-mining.org.uk Carn Galver Mine South West Coast Path UKTodays Mining Heritage Highlights –  Your first remains of old mines and chimneys appear at imposing Gurnards Head (Treen Cove Mine)  followed shortly by the impressive ruined mine complex at Carn Glaver Mine which consists of two atmospheric engine houses and the remains of a Tin Mill in a stunning and wild location sitting below the heights of Penwith Moor.  The former Mine Count House here having been converted into the Bosigran Climbing Clubs bunkhouse and you will likely spot the climbers out on the vertical cliffs that drop straight into the sea here.

At Porthmoina Valley you will pick your way through the preserved remains of 19C stamping mills and find the remains of the long silenced Morvah Consol Mines above the cliffs at Rabbit Carn.

Your overnight stay sees you heading inland from the isolated Lighthouse at Pendeen Watch to  Pendeen itself  the first true mining town (and a very different feel to St Ives and Zennor) A town where most of the residents had connections to Geevor TinMine and a place that still has its own Silver Marching Band as that legacy along with its terraced miners cottages,  community centre and Methodist chapels . Stay at The North Inn the haunt of the nearby Geevor Miners where the pub still dispays its miners wagon outside in respect.

Overnight stops in Pendeen on the South West Coast Path

Moorland Option - Penwith Moor, Ding Dong Mine and the Ancient Stones.  For those looking for a variety in their walking scenery today you can explore the inland moors on the way to Pendeen.

Bob Jones Copyright Creative Commons Ding Dong Mine CornwallHigh above the South West  Coast Path is the exposed and expansive plateau of Penwith Moor where you can roam through blankets of heather and gorse under big skies of circling buzzards and ravens .  Its a wild place with a real sense of freedom and alone,  right in the middle are the impressive remains of Ding Dong Mine and its miners cottages, frozen in utter isolation and with the most incredible views over the area and out to sea. The desolate creeper strung pumping engine houses are simple but immense.

Around 250 men and boys climbed up here in its heyday.  Dotted around it you can include in the route a fascinating visit to  the areas ancient stone circles, the Men a Tol stone, nine maidens stone circle and the mini Stonehenge like Quoit at Lanyan.

Men a Tol Cornish Stone Circles South West Coast Path Mining Heritage WalkWith an early start you can visit Ding Dong Mine, circle the ancient Stones and continue onto Pendeen in a walk of 13 miles.  If you prefer  shorter walking days take an extra day in Zennor to allow a full day for this moorland visit.

Overnight stops in Pendeen on the South West Coast Path

 

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