Cycling

Cycling trail

Tin Coast Cycle Trail

Cycling trail

This out and back ‘blue’ graded cycle trail explores the Tin Coast, with plenty of opportunities to jump off and get a closer look at the industrial mining heritage, wildlife and coastal views this area has to offer.

The abandoned beam engine houses of the Crowns section of Botallack Mine near St Just, Cornwall

Map

Tin Coast Cycle Trail Map Botallack Levant

Start:

Botallack Count House

1

Start at the National Trust's Botallack Count House, open 10am -4pm all year round. Here you can find information about the mining heritage of the area, refreshments and toilets. From the Count House turn left and follow the vehicular entrance track, keeping the sea on your right hand side.

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The count house was where the mine business used to be done. 	old image of the count house with an old botallack mine cart in foreground

2

By the small shed on the right hand side, take the track to the right with stone Cornish hedges either side.

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Tin Coast Botallack Cornwall track

3

Pit Stop. Hop off the bike to take a closer look at the buildings, remnants of the Tin Coast's mining industry. When you return to your bike, continue along the main track.

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Botallack Tin Coast Cornwall Buildings

4

Take the hairpin turnoff to the right.

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5

At the end of the track, take a moment to relax and enjoy the views across to Cape Cornwall. Turn around, back to the hairpin and turn left, back the way you came.

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Cape Cornwall Tin Coast Cornwall

6

Pit stop. You've returned to Botallack Count House, how about enjoying a cup of tea? To carry on with the next part of the trail, leave the Count House and turn right. Follow the main track, keeping the sea on your left hand side.

Botallack

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Pit stop. Where the coast path forks off to the left, you can hop off the bike to follow the coast path and enjoy views over The Crowns engine houses. When you return to your bike, continue straight ahead on the main track, the byway

The abandoned beam engine houses of the Crowns section of Botallack Mine near St Just, Cornwall

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Pit stop. Hop off the bike and have a look at the circular stone constructions surrounding the old mine shafts. Return to your bike and continue along the main byway.

Tin Coast Botallack Levant stone Cornwall

9

Continue on the byway, ignoring the turnoffs.

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Tin Coast Levant Cornwall Coast

10

Pit stop. Arrive at Levant Mine. Leave your bike next to the visitor reception building and take the tour with Levant’s expert guides. Admission prices apply.

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A view of Michell's engine house at Levant Mine

11

Return to Botallack Count House by the same route. We hope you've enjoyed your ride along this World Heritage Site. If you would like to know more about supporting the charitable work of the National Trust, through volunteering, donating or becoming a member, please do get in touch or visit our website www.nationaltrust.org.uk

End:

Botallack Count House

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Tin Coast Cycle Trail

Terrain

This trail is rated as ‘blue /moderate’ and is suitable for cyclists with basic off-road cycling skills.  Most of the route is flat but is over rough, rocky terrain and is suitable for basic mountain bikes and not road bikes.  As this is a Cornish Mining World Heritage site, please do keep bikes on the main trail.

Tin Coast Cycle Trail

How to get here

Address
Botallack Count House, Botallack, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7QQ
By train

Penzance Station 7 miles (11km)

By road

Take the B3306 from St Ives or St Just to Botallack, take either turn into the village and where the two roads meet, take the track out to the coast.  Parking available in the area just beyond the ruins near the Count House.  There is a bike stand outside the Count House.  

By foot

Botallack is on the south west coast path

By bus

All year round the St Just to Penzance number 10a. In the summer the Penzance to Land's End number 300. Alight in Botallack village by the Queens Arms and from the bus stop head north through the village to the road junction, then follow the track past Botallack Manor to the Count House

Tin Coast Cycle Trail

Facilities and access

  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Dogs welcome
  • National Trust car park