Levant Mine, Cornwall, England

Levant was known as ‘the mine under the sea’ with undersea levels stretching over a mile. The stories of the men, women and children who worked here are waiting to be uncovered. The 1840 beam engine which raised the copper and tin ore has been restored and still runs on steam today.

Levant sits nestled in the cliffs looking out across the Atlantic Ocean with its 1840 beam engine still running on steam in its original engine house. Ruins of the industry that defined Cornwall in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries lie all around and stories of the mine and those who worked here are brought to life by our tour guides. You can hear the clink of hammers on the cliff-top dressing floor as children break the copper ore with bal maiden’s hammers.

Start your 50 things challenge at Levant by finding your way with a map and compass, going bird watching, bug hunting and wild art. Need more inspiration? Check out our Coast and Countryside page to see how else you can get back to nature at Levant.

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