Botallack Coast and Levant Mine

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Botallack Coast and Levant Mine is a 3.2 kilometer loop trail located near Penzance, Cornwall, England that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 3.2 km Elevation Gain: 86 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips





historic site

A circular walk along the stretch of coast at Botallack, near St Just on the western tip of Cornwall. This iconic stretch of coast is rich with heritage of the tin mining industry and is littered with beautiful stone remains of the engine houses, winding houses and chimneys, adding more drama to an already dramatic coastline. In fact, this stretch of coast is part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and has also been used to film many scenes for the popular TV series Poldark. The walk follows a mixture of stone tracks and stone paths through the coastal heathland. There are some short steep slopes, some narrow sections and you will need to take care of the loose stones underfoot. At some points there are steep cliff drops to the side of the path, so take care with children and dogs. There are no stiles or gates on the route and any livestock is held away from the heathland by fences and stone walls, so they will not be sharing your paths. If you wish to visit Levant Mine (rather than just view the exterior) this is managed by the National Trust, so entrance fees apply and please check opening times. Allow 1 hour for the walk plus extra time to visit the mine. In terms of local facilities, the starting car park sits alongside the Count House Workshop, a restored mining office that today houses a small cafe, an information centre, museum and toilets, all managed by the National Trust. You can also hire a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter from the Count House (pre-booking required) which will give access to the main stone track which runs all the way to Levant Mine (this is used only for the return leg on our walk, but you can use it for both directions if needed).