Visiting the WHS
The Port of Hayle
Named after heyl, the Cornish word for estuary, this Area is dominated by water: rivers, pools, sluicing ponds, quays, wharves, and, of course, the sea. Huge sand dunes lie between the town and the beautiful St Ives Bay, with the dark hills of the West Penwith Moors looming to the west.
Wendron Mining District
In the heart of beautiful countryside surrounded by open moorland and gushing streams, Wendron is one of the smallest Areas in the Site – although its rich tin deposits meant it once had enough inhabitants to rival the combined population of Redruth and Camborne.
Tregonning & Gwinear Mining Districts with Trewavas
The largest of the ten Areas, Tregonning and Gwinear contains diverse landscapes ranging from the idyllic pastoral charms of the rural farmland in the west of the Area to the atmospheric cliffscapes at Rinsey, with silent woods, exposed hills and subtropical gardens in between.
Tamar Valley Mining District with Tavistock
Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Tamar Valley encompasses a breathtaking landscape that is as diverse as it is historically important.
St Just Mining District
A stone’s throw from Land’s End, this is the most westerly Area of the Site.
St Agnes Mining District
Famous for its spectacular coastline and well-preserved Cornish engine houses perched on rugged cliffs, such as the iconic Wheal Coates; one of the most photographed and well known Cornish Houses.
Luxulyan Valley with Charlestown
From tranquil green woods to a bustling harbour village, the landscapes of Luxulyan Valley and Charlestown are very different. However, they share important similarities: both are stunningly beautiful places with fantastic walks and rich mining histories to explore, and both were created by two …
Gwennap Mining District with Devoran, Perran & Kennall Vale
For a period in the 19th century Gwennap was described as the “richest square mile anywhere on Earth”.
Caradon Mining District
This rugged, windswept and mostly treeless Area sits high up in a remote but beautiful corner of Bodmin Moor.
Camborne & Redruth with Wheal Peevor & Portreath
This was the centre of the Cornish mining industry, and home to many of its most important mines and individuals.