Walks around Pendeen 1

Pendeen - Pendeen Carn - Geevor Heritage Site - Levant Mine - Boscaswell Cliff - Pendeen
Length of Walk - 3 miles
Facilities : Free Car Park, Public Toilet, Public Telephone, Shop, Pubs, Café, Museum

The walk begins opposite the bus stop and car park at Boscaswell Stores. Walk up the lane directly opposite the shop with the public toilet on your right. Turn left at the top of the lane then take the first right. On the left is an old mine stack and further ahead two engine houses. One hundred yards further on turn right up a zig-zag path towards a small disused quarry and continue up to the top of the Carn.
From the top of Pendeen Carn (Carn Eanes) looking north you can see Geevor Mine to the left of the village. Going clockwise the views are :- Pendeen Watch lighthouse, the distant headland of Gurnard's Head, Carn Galver and Watch Croft (the two highest points in West Penwith), Ding Dong Mine engine house on the far horizon, Aircraft Radio Beacon, the dramatic rock formation of Carn Kenidjack (the Hooting Carn), St Just and out to sea the Longships lighthouse, Cape Cornwall crowned with a stack and Botallack Mine brings you back to Geevor.

Continue along the top of the Carn until you come to a cart track leading down towards Geevor. Follow this track down and across the road and along a small lane to Geevor Heritage Site. Just past the Mine Shop and Café follow the narrow track left which takes you to Levant Mine. Turn right then left onto a wider track to the clifftop. Here you meet the main coastal footpath and turn right heading towards the lighthouse. You pass the covered arsenic works, cross over the old tin streaming beds and across a bridge up onto the coast path. The cliffs here are stained blue and green by mineral deposits.

Around a bend in the path you pass the Avarack - a natural rockpool enhanced by Geevor miners to make a safe bathing pool popular fifty years ago. From here the path goes steeply uphill after passing very close to the edge of the cliff. Near the top there is a wooden bench with views back over Levant cliffs. From the top of the rise you can see the Coastguard cottages and on the right the five chimneyed building is Pendeen Manor Farm, birthplace of Dr. William Borlase, historian, naturalist, antiquarian and Cornish archaeologist.
Continue along the path down across the valley over the stream and up the other side. Turn right at the road and walk uphill taking the second right turn back towards Pendeen Church passing the Leat and back to Boscaswell Stores.

Levant Mine
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Paul Langley & The Trekkers