Poldark’s ‘Tin Coast’ – Botallack & Levant





The Tour / Experience:

Join your local Cornish Blue Badge Guide to explore the ‘Tin Coast’ lying in the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Visit outstanding historical sites and be immersed in the solitude and beauty of this unique natural landscape with its legacy of past industrial activity.

Whilst walking the South West Coast Path between Botallack and Levant, enjoy dramatic clifftop views of the rugged Atlantic coast.

We weave through a unique C19th arsenic works, towered over by an impressive chimney stack before exploring Wheal Owles, seen as Wheal Leisure in the BBC ‘Poldark’ series, before discovering a memorial commemorating a C19th mining tragedy that helps reveal the real story that inspired Winston Graham to write his fictional Poldark novels.

Pausing at a spot above the iconic Crowns Mines that lie on a wave swept rocky ledge at the foot of the cliff, there is opportunity to capture the photogenic scene and hear of Queen Victoria’s experience going underground and out under the seabed when she visited in 1865!

A fairly level walk along an old cart track takes us onwards to the Levant mine site where the oldest working steam engine is housed, yet another site where tragedy struck local families and featured as a location in the Poldark series. On return a cream tea can be arranged nearby at extra cost- Jam First of course!


The Highlights: 

  • A 2 ½ hour guided walk led by Cornish Blue Badge Guide
  • Tour of Botallack and Levant mine sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Use of personal radio receiver connected to Tour Guide wireless audio transmission system for improved audibility and social distancing on walk.
  • Visit to ‘Poldark’ filming locations.
  • Optional Extra – Cornish Cream Tea at end of walk
  • Accompanied by Blue Badge Guide with Covid safe measures in place.


Tour Options:

  • Include as part of a whole day experience on the Cornish Ancestry Tour – ‘Minerals Mines and Migration’.
  • Combine with a half day walk to Cape Cornwall and St Just when public transport can be used between sites. £22 pp Additional cost for optional extras.


Tour Details:

Start & End Location: Botallack Count House car park. OS.GR SW 365 332


Contact Details:

Email: bluebadge@absolutours.co.uk

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About the guide

Name: Viv Robinson

Qualifications: South West

Languages: English