Botallack

Botallack Mine

Under the sea miners worked supported by the Crowns engine houses © David Noton

Under the sea miners worked supported by the Crowns engine houses

Botallack Mine, situated one mile down the coastline, is an easy walk from Levant. Although historically Botallack mine was a separate organisation, today it is also cared for by the National Trust. Botallack produced 14,500 tonnes of tin, 20,000 tonnes of copper ore and 1,500 tonnes of refined arsenic. Similar to Levant, it was a submarine mine, and its shafts reach 570m deep and extend nearly half a mile out to sea.

The Count House and Workshop

Botallack Count House © David Noton

Botallack Count House

The Count House was originally built as a mine office and was deliberately grander in style than other local buildings to promote confidence in the mine amongst prospective shareholders. Nearby were other buildings including a sawmill, carpenters' shop and smithy, as seen in the image above.

You can now visit the Count House Workshop, which once housed the stables, to find out more about the mining history of the area.

The Crowns

A good head for heights? © Paul Baker

A good head for heights?

The Crowns tip toe on the edge of the cliff with a position that has made them possibly the most photographed engine houses in the entire World Heritage Site. Come and see for yourself the dramatic scenery which was once the site of one of the most populous mines in the area.

Botallack audio trail

Get your walking boots muddy with one of our trails © NT

Get your walking boots muddy with one of our trails

The Cornish-Mining world Heritage team have put together a really interesting downloadable guide of the Botallack site. Follow the link below to download it, which you can listen to on a variety of different platforms. We also have leaflet guides which you can pick up at the Count House Workshop.

What to watch for

It may look picturesque today but this chimney once emitted deadly arsenic

It may look picturesque today but this chimney once emitted deadly arsenic

Our countryside ranger Bob Robinson says the best thing to watch for at this time of year is to be found out at sea. 'On a clear day you will be able to see the Isles of Scilly silhouetted against the setting sun. Truly amazing. Either that or horizontal rain so fierce it could take you off your feet!'

On a clear day the scenery around Levant and Botallack is enough to make any photographer happy. Bring along your camera and get snapping, if you've got a picture you're really happy with, feel free to share it with us, we love seeing your work.

Spaces to tick in your 50 things list?

  • Try stargazing here on a clear night
  • Pick some blackberries that grow abundantly in autumn
  • Hunt for bugs among the ruined mine buildings
  • Find your way with a map and compass from Levant
  • Spot a Cornish Chough amongst the cliffs
  • Make a trail with sticks around the dressing floors
  • Make a grass trumpet and signal to each other through the arsenic tunnels
  • Run around in the rain, fresh off the Atlantic ocean
  • Find a geocache around the site, pick up your pack from Levant
  • Make a daisy chain

Stay a little longer...

If you found the views from Botallack amazing, imagine waking up to them every morning. We have recently refurbished one of the count house buildings as a cosy holiday cottage for two.

World Heritage Site

Botallack is part of one of the UK's largest World Heritage Sites which stretches from the bottom of Cornwall right up to west Devon.

What in the earth?

A buddle at Botallack

This strange mound is called a buddle. By streaming water over crushed ore it separated the tin from waste as the tin was much denser, and so would sink to the bottom. See how many you can find.

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