Heritage West Tour
Mining, Fishing & The Arts
Take a private, guided tour of Cornwall’s heritage coast. We’ll visit a colony of grey seals at Gwithian, before heading to the picture postcard town of St Ives. Then we’ll drive one of the most stunning and scentic coast roads in Cornwall to visit Geevor and Botallack mines. You’ll hear about our mining heritage and go underground to feel what is what to be a metal miner. Enjoy a complimentary Cornish cream tea picnic over looking the iconic engine houses which perch precariously on the cliff edge.
This golden sandy beach stretches as far as the eye can see, encircled by cliff and wild grass-covered sand dunes. Rockpools and caves can be explored and the colorful display of kite flying and windsurfing can be viewed. From a cliff viewpoint, we can also watch the local colony of grey seals bask on this sheltered cove.
The iconic and picturesque seaside town of St Ives has a maze of cobbled streets to explore and a vast number of art galleries to visit, most popular of which is the Tate St Ives gallery and the Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden. Choose from an array of food outlets for your lunch, with many having a seafood theme.
The road from St Ives to Zennor is one of the prettiest in the county. Granite built cottages and Medieval farm yard dwellings bring real charm and age to the setting. The village of Zennor is set away from the bulk of society, where its residents were one of the last speakers of the Cornish language. The village hosts a little 6th Century Church that tells the story of a mermaid temptress.
Geevor Tin Mine
Experience the life of a Cornish metal miner and see these old mines which have remained largely untouched since the miners last surfaced in 1990. Tours can be had of the man-made tunnels that stand 200 hundred years on since their excavation. From here we walk a small section of the South West Coast Path to Botallack Mine.
This submarine mine is precariously perched on the cliff edge, its shafts go 570 meters deep and stretch half a mile out to sea. Built here to excavate tin as well as copper ore and arsenic in the tonnes. The perfect spot to reflect on your day whilst enjoying your Cornish Cream Tea picnic.