Botallack Mine

Botallack Mine

Botallack must be the most spectacularly located of the tin mine engine houses which can be found dotted around Cornwall. The National Trust have a page dedicated to the site, which contains plenty of historical information, and a self guided walk around the site here.

To get to the site take a short walk from the village . of Botallack down to the coast.  The mine in pictured here is to the North of the main complex of ruins around the arsenic works.  Most of the site is West facing, so I imagine it would look great on a late afternoon or sunset.  There is also scope for visiting in stormy weather and trying to incorporate the waves into a scene.

It is also worth popping into the Queens Arms Pub, in the village, they have a great collection of photos, include some of the mine in action.  This is a strange contrast to the abandoned site that is there today. They also have good beer and wifi.  It is possible to camp in the village at this site.

More photos of Botallack can be found here