This one's for those of you who spend Sunday evenings glued to Poldark! If you’ve an interest in Cornwall’s mining past, a St Agnes walk is a great way to get right up close to the mines and buildings that once powered the vital industry. Just to the west of the village, you’ll find the Towanroath pumping engine house, which dates back to 1972. The engine house even appears in the hit BBC series.
The engine house pumped water from 600 feet below the ground to the Wheal Coates Copper and Tin Mine, and the grilled shaft can still be seen to this day. This landscape is dotted with leftover buildings from this chapter in Cornwall’s history, and they make for a unique walk. This is a peaceful landscape that makes for an interesting way to see some of the St Agnes countryside and understand more about its role in the mining industry.