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Pendeen is a small village along the west coast of cornwall, it is between Lands End and St Ives, the village is quaint with traditional minors cottages and some modern houses dotted about, there are a few pubs one of which is very traditional and in the winter time has an open fire in front of which you can enjoy a beverage while you warm up, there is a convience store which serves the normal food and grocery items along with coal and logs, fresh fruit and veg and a small selection of bakery items. Next to the shop is a 'chippy' where hot drinks and food can be obtained. There are numerous B'n'B's with in the facinity and the most local places of interest are the lighthouse which has unspolit views across the atlantic and numerous public footpaths, one of which will take you to a small isolated beach and fishing cove where i have seen several seals playing and at the height of the season i have found myself alone on the beach due to its secluded location which is a rareity in cornwall during the summer months. Geevor tin mine is open daily and is worth a visit, Levant tin mine has opendays throughout the year and just outside the village there is a third mine which makes a great walk on coast of botallak, this has the counting house which houses general information on the mine and other than that you are free to wander the countryside and take in the views across the atlantic, when it is a clear day you can see the isles of scilley on the horizion. this area of cornwall is worth a visit if you like the open countryside, walks along the coast (completely unspoilt cliffpaths and beautiful beaches), there are loads of places to stay and plenty of places to visit. I have found the locals to be friendly and helpful, polite and kind.
Dear Smarky Well, I did get into Cornwall despite all your attempts to stop me, and in another op I will tell you how I achieved this. Once into Cornwall it was my intention to secure a job, my first idea was to be an Underwater Fish Farmer at The Lizard. The job had the following attractions:- 1. Free wetsuit and snorkel 2. Unlimited use of the company bathysphere. 3. Plenty of time ashore. 4. Would suit man with dry sense of humour. However I do not possess a dogfish so I had to give this idea up !! My next idea was to become a Tin Miner. To get the relevant experience I went to Levant in Steam at Trewellard, Pendeen St. Just. I telephoned them on 01736 786156, to book an appointment, and found the mine is about 7 miles from both Lands End and St. Ives. The mine is normally £3 to get into, but it is a National Trust property managed by the Trevithick Trust so old cheapskate here got in for nothing being a member. Levant is the oldest beam engine in the country, and the mine is famous for its undersea rich deposits of copper and tin, extending for more than a mile out to sea. This was a working mine from the end of the eighteenth century to 1930. Now the story probably has two parts, the winding engine and the mine itself, some parts boring and some not depending on how you look at it. To me some details of the engine are boring, so I'll get that out of the way first !! It was Britain's first beam engine preserved on its working site privately in 1935, which led to the formation of the Cornish Engines Preservation Society, now the Trevithick Society (just call me anorak from now on !!). The engine was built in 1840 by Harvey and Co. of nearby Hayle, and is said to have been designed by Francis Mitchell, of a Cornish engineering family (but not a Dooyoo member at that time !!). The engine has been owned by The National Trust since 1967 along with others including two at East Pool in Camborne. < br> The engine was put back into working order by a group of people known as the Greasy Gang of the Trevithick Trust between 1984 and 1992. In 1990 the sum of £128,000 was raised to complete the restoration, and to put the engine back into steam. The engine's duty was to raise ore from the deep levels via a shaft (called Skip). The engine itself has such features as an overhead rocking beam weighing 4500lb, and 17.4ft. long, a 12.2ft diameter flywheel weighing 8600lb with large wooden brakes and a double-acting cylinder with a 27 inch bore and a 4 ft stroke. Blimey, I hope you are as bored with all the technical details as me, though for anybody who would like more details The Trevithick Trust has a website at www.trevithicktrust.com. For me, I'm just going to blather on about the interesting bits now. Firstly, the mine buildings nestle just on top of a cliff, the most westerly in the country. The engine house has been restored, and that was my first place to visit. Certainly it is very large and impressive, and is in working order a maximum of four days a week, depending on the month of visit. It is basically a two storey building allowing one to walk all around and about the engine, quite fascinating seeing such a large piece of machinery at work. However, the point of my interview to become a Tin Miner, seeing the mine. I was led outside onto the cliff edge, and down to the first shaft. The first shaft I looked down was actually about two hundred feet deep, and the nice man explained there were about twenty tunnels off that running out to sea. The second shaft was about 800 feet deep and actually had a lift about big enough to carry a suitcase and into which four men used to descend in about 5 minutes, with the wooden framework of the lift bashing around on the side of the shaft. At this point I was wondering about the wisdom of my selection of job, particularly as arsenic is contained in the ore extract !! I w as then led outside, and told to descend the cliff as the miners, women and children used to. Having descended to 100 feet above the crashing Atlantic Ocean, you then enter the mine across a ladder above the ocean to an adit (or entrance) in the opposite cliff face. The temperature outside is 10 degrees which might hit you when leaving the tunnel at a temperature of 90 degrees. The Trevithick Trust also has a lighthouse at Pendeen, and the Geevor Tin Mine, which is much larger and more modern, costing about £6 to visit, but at this point I decided to return to my car, via some of the buildings still undergoing restoration, but please Smarky give my apologies, and the Tin Miner job to a Cornishman.
This very preety little village is about 6 miles from St Ives and 8 miles from lands end, and it takes about 20 mins to drive to penzance.....I sayed in a beautiful cottage, in the grounds of a farm...the cottage was very spacious and the views were of the sea and fields - st ives is a traditional fishing village steeped in history, and full of fantastic quant shops and clean and friendly restaurants . The great thing was i did't see trashy tourist shops with flashing lights and loud music....the air and sea was clean and seagulls hovered very low around your head . penzanze is still quite old but newer in areas with the industry around...but still lovley with the locals very friendly. this whole area is great for kids, as there is plenty to do and the beaches are clean and pollution free....take a trip to mallick theatre and watch an evening performance...sit on the slopes of the cliff and have a picnic overlooking the sea or take bike rides along long and winding roads.