Carn Galver Mine lies alongside the B3306 coast road in north Penwith, situated roughly midway between Zennor and St. Just. The pair of engine houses mark the start of arguably the most concentrated area of mines in the county.
The westernmost engine house retains its chimney and used to house a 40-inch pumping engine and seems oddly juxtaposed among the natural surroundings.
The Western Penwith region is much less changed by modern housing developments and infrastructure than the Redruth and Camborne area of the Great Flat Lode mines.
Today we finally managed to find the layby near to the Lanyon Quoit (Neolithic Period) along the Morvah to Madron road in West Penwith. Having driven past many times it is a relief to finally find the right spot! Just a short leap over a stile and you are on the north end of a long barrow, which is not easily seen as it is covered in bracken and grass.
The dolmen* collapsed in a storm in 1815 and was re-erected 9 years later, and as a result the dolmen is now very different from its original appearance.
In the background is a more recent building, the Ding Dong mine. The mines themselves are believed to be the oldest in the UK, going back as far as the prehistoric period.
Near the mine ruins can be found the Bronze Age Nine Maidens Stone Circle, the Men-an-Tol as well as Lanyon Quoit. I do have photos of the Men-an-Tol, but need to go back and get some better ones. And also try to get closer to Ding Dong.
*A dolmen is a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb, usually consisting of two or more vertical megaliths supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (“table”), although there are also more complex variants. Most date from the early Neolithic (4000–3000 BC).
I like the colours in this twisted rope – the colours of Cornwall – with the yellow for the beaches, lichens and daffodil fields; turquoise and cyan for the sea and sky and the natural tones for the granite.