My stop on the return journey was one I desperately wanted to make.
Anyone who quickly searches the internet for Cornwall will come across an image of this location at one point.
I needed to explore properly
Botallack Mine was a group of mines but the image of the Crown Engine Houses below is the most photographed Engine Houses in Cornwall and you can see why.
Clinging to the side of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the larger building on the left was built in 1835 and weighs approximately 1200 tons, all brought down the side of a cliff. The second building was built in 1860.
These for me are a photographic representation of the Cornish spirit and of the human pioneering spirit.
In our modern times with our technological advances and machinery it would be doubtful these would be built nor the mines themselves which stretched 2.5 kms out to sea would be deemed safe or viable but without hesitation these were and made an industry that supported a community.
Proof that no problem is impossible to overcome.