Geology Walk: Minerals and Mines at Penhale Point

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09:30am - 12:30pm

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Join geologist Gus Horsley for a guided walk in this exposed coastal landscape, exploring the mining history near Penhale & Holywell dunes.

The Cornish coastline is littered with fascinating historical sites and remains from the county's mining era. Learn a little more about the history of mining near Holywell, including spotting some of the mine shafts in this rugged landscape, on a guided walk with geologist Gus Horsley.

The walk will leave from the Holywell side of the headland, and head up and along the coast path, around land owned by the MOD. After about 1.5 miles we'll turn around and head back to the start again. There will be stops to look for mining evidence and to admire the wonderful views of Holywell Bay and Penhale Dunes.

Participants should be aware that the walk will involve part of the coast path, with high unfenced sections, and areas of mine workings and shafts, so care is needed. There are some steep(ish) sections near the start but otherwise the going is fairly level, if uneven underfoot. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads at all times.

Meet at 9:30am on the coast path next to the Gull Rocks bar and cafe. Parking is available nearby at the National Trust car park



Please register for your free space using the link below.

Gwithian Towans Cornwall Credit Emma Brisdion
Jon Cripps showing Carolyn Cadman, Cornwall Wildlife Trust CEO, and Tony Juniper, Natural England Chair, some of the rare species found at Penhale Dunes which Dynamic Dunescapes is working to support.
Penhale Dunes SAC_Cornwall Wildlife Tust