What is the Tin Coast?

The Tin Coast is a stretch of West Penwith coastline between Pendeen and St. Just. Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, mining here changed the world.

In the far west of Cornwall, the Tin Coast is a place defined by the Cornish mining industry, and the human endeavour to haul tin and copper from the earth for over 2000 years.

The area has been forever changed by its industrial past, and ruined engine houses and chimneys now frame the landscape, creating a special atmosphere for people and nature to enjoy its freedom and spirit.

There were once thousands of mine shafts and hundreds of steaming engine houses here, with mines even stretching out for up to a mile under the sea. Now nature plays a leading role with peregrine falcons and Cornish choughs both nesting in the cliffs and many other species finding a habitat here.

Where is the Tin Coast?

The Tin Coast stretches for approximately seven miles from Pendeen lighthouse in the north, to Cape Cornwall and the valleys just to the south. The area has achieved World Heritage Site Status due to its rich mining history.

The three National Trust hubs on the Tin Coast are Botallack, Cape Cornwall and Levant Mine and Beam Engine. These sites contain the best concentration of combined tin and arsenic processing sites in the world, as well as the only working beam engine still in its original site. These places make great bases to explore the Tin Coast from.

The partnership

The Tin Coast is a sustainable tourism project in West Penwith. The National Trust is in partnership with other organisations in the local area including Geevor Tin Mine, St. Just Town Council, Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council, amongst others.

The partnership aims to promote the rich mining heritage of the area, which earnt it its World Heritage Site status. This will be done through improvements to infrastructure, facilities, transport and accommodation.

What’s happened so far?

We’ve already seen improvements taking place on the Tin Coast. We’ve begun to improve facilities at our sites, with toilet refurbishments at Botallack and Cape Cornwall as well as the introduction of a tramper at Levant.

The space at Botallack count house workshop has been refreshed to include more information about the area’s history as well as somewhere to get light refreshments, including hot drinks and cake.  It is now also manned seven days a week, so there is always a member of staff there to help visitors and answer questions about the area.

Most recently the Tin Coast partnership was awarded coastal community status, giving them access to funding which they can use to start engaging with local businesses and establish an economic plan.

Exciting developments are already taking place, so head west to explore the Tin Coast.