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A view of the coast and ruined engine houses, Wheal Edward and Wheal Owles at Botallack, Cornwall
A view of the coast and ruined engine houses, Wheal Edward and Wheal Owles at Botallack, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Tin Coast Cycle Trail

This out-and-back, 4-mile cycle trail from Botallack explores Cornwall's Tin Coast, and provides plenty of opportunities to jump off and get a closer look at the landscape. You'll discover the industrial mining heritage of the area, along with coastal wildlife and far-reaching views out to sea.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Botallack Count House, postcode: TR19 7QQ.

Step 1

From the Count House, turn left and follow the vehicle entrance track, keeping the sea on your right-hand side.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

Take the hairpin turn-off to the right.

Step 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.

Step 6

You can take a break on return to Botallack Count House. To carry on with the next part of the trail, turn right as you leave the building. Follow the main track and keep the sea on your left-hand side.

Step 7

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

Step 8

When you see some circular stone constructions surrounding the old mine shafts, hop off the bike and take a closer look. Return to your bike and continue along the main byway.

Step 9

Continue on the byway, ignoring the turnoffs.

Step 10

Once you arrive at Levant Mine, take a break. You can leave your bike next to the visitor reception building and have a look around the wider site. The main site is open by pre-booked tours only, please see the Levant Mine and Beam Engine homepage for tour information.

Step 11

Return to Botallack Count House by the same route.

End point

Botallack Count House, postcode: TR19 7QQ.

Trail map

Tin Coast cycle trail from Botallack to Levant map
Tin Coast Cycle Trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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