This is Poldark country, the area immortalised by the author Winston Graham in his novels. It’s long ago now, but Dorothy used to know Winston quite well. He loved the rugged cliffs, big sandy beaches and the magnificent old engine houses – particularly Wheal Coates situated above Chapel Porth in St Agnes – they are still worth a visit!
Anyone interested in the old mines should visit Killifreth (on the Redruth to Chacewater
road). It is quite well preserved and my great-grandfather used to work there. Heartlands at Pool (between Redruth & Camborne) is basically a mining museum with old buildings and machinery and Tolgus Tin in Cornwall Gold – on the Redruth to Portreath road – where children can pan for gold!!
In Truro museum there is a wonderful collection of geological specimens, mined from the area.
We are on the Newquay to Truro & the Newquay to St Ives bus routes and almost central for trips to anywhere in Cornwall.