Geology Walk: Minerals and Mines at Penhale Point

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9:30am - 12pm

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Guided walk with Geoconservationist, Gus Horsley, learning abut the geology and mining history of Cornwall on the dunes at Penhale.

The Cornish coastline is littered with fascinating historical sites and remains, from the county's mining era to military operations. Learn a little more about the history hidden in the dunes, including spotting some of the many mine shafts in the area now rugged features of the landscape, on a guided walk with geologist Gus Horsley and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

This area, from Ligger to Penhale Point, has recently been designated as a County Geology Site by Cornwall Geoconservation Group.

Meet at 9.30am at the beach entrance between the National Trust carpark entrance and the Gull Rocks Bar. You can park in the NT carpark (free for members otherwise pay and display)

Grid reference SW766588

We will be walking a circular route heading west on the SW coast path and then back through the MOD disused army camp. 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 steep slopes and uneven ground, so care is needed. Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads at all times.

A pony grazes with the sea in the background