Levant to Botallack
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Levant to Botallack

This section of the coast path takes you from Levant along rocky cliffs further into the St Just Mining District, now designated as a Cornish Mining World Heritage site. Much of this part of Cornwall's coastline was used in the filming of the latest series of Poldark. The mines along this walk featured as Ross Poldark's Wheal Leisure.

Levant engine houses stand perched on the edge of cliffs.
The Levant steam engine is the only Cornish beam engine in the world that is still operating on its original mine site.

The chasm in the cliff which falls away to the sea below is Levant Zawn. Zawn is from the Cornish word sawen or saven, meaning a deep and narrow sea inlet with steep sides.

The rock here is killas slate.

The coast path continues past Carn Du, from the Cornish words for Black Carn, on past a disused quarry to another rocky crag, Carn Vellan.

The cliffs along this stretch of the coast path are very popular with climbers. There are many established climbs.

The next feature along the path is Stamps an Jowl Zawn on Roscommon Cliff. Stokesite was discovered here in 1899. In the cliff below you is a natural arch.

A small stream rushes over the cliffs here creating a small waterfall.

Evidence of the mines that used to operate here are all around you in the landscape - shafts now capped or walled and spoil tips. You are now in the area which was formerly Wheal Cock, a tin and copper mine, before it became part of the Botallack sett. The flattened dumps of Wheal Hen are also here.

The coast path is now crossing Botallack Head and you are fast approaching the view of the Crowns' engine houses perched on the Crowns Rocks.

The Crowns' are probably the most photographed engine houses, located in
such a magnificent setting.

The remains of the chimney stack on Botallack Head are all that is left of the Crowns whim. The engine which stood here hoisted ore from Boscawen incline shaft. Named after the family name of Lord Falmouth, the mineral lord of Botallack.

De Narrow Zawn is the next feature in the cliffs. It is believed to be from the Cornish words, 'sawn' meaning 'sawn' (see above) and 'dynarow' meaning 'pounds'. This is fitting as the De Narrow Zawn contains a very rich tin vein.

The path then passes Zawn a Bal, meaning the Mine-working Zawn.

There are a huge amount of disused mine buildings and chimney stacks remaining here, giving you the opportunity to explore the ruins and get a good idea of the processes involved in extracting and processing minerals such as tin and arsenic.

You can make a detour here to visit Botallack village, where there is a pub, The Queens Arms, great for a drink and a meal before proceeding along the next section of the coast path.

Public Transport

Bus service 10 between Penzance and Lower Boscaswell. All Year Round
Bus Service 300 between St Ives and St Just. Summer timetable
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