2023 Walk Programme – The Tin Coast of St Just-in-Penwith led by Leonard Phillips


May 20, 2023    
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Event Type

We will walk westwards along the dramatic and history-laden coast from Pendeen and Geevor to Ballowall and then into St Just to catch the bus back to the start, aiming to get back to Pendeen at around 4pm (depending on bus times). Approximately 8 kilometres, or 5 miles, of uneven and exposed terrain, including industrial complexes.

This walk will be led by Leonard Phillips, MBE. Leonard spent most of his working life in the Royal Navy and the Home Office, retiring from RNAS Culdrose in 2013. He became a guide for the National Trust, first at Godolphin before spending seven years on the Tin Coast, ceasing when Covid struck.

Starting at 10:30 am at the free car park in Pendeen village (opposite the Costcutter shop, SW 3832 3436, or What3Words: resonates.lure.stood).

We will make our way to the coast and Lower Boscaswell tin mine and mill, Geevor mine and then Levant Mine via North Levant. There are numerous mines here, a famous part of the Cornish Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, and we will also see Wheals Cock, Chicken, Hen and Tolvan before stopping for lunch at the National Trust café at Botallack Count House.

On to Wheal Edward on then into the Kenijack Valley visiting the Wheel pit and the Arsenic calciner. We will check progress and if there’s sufficient time will visit Cape Cornwall and Ballowall cairn before walking into the industrial town of St Just to catch our bus.

This walk will also be advertised to members of the Trevithick Society