The Wheal Of Time


[You'll probably have to consult the Cornish Words section to get that pun]

You can just toddle all the way along the road but a little bit further on you will come across a single track road on your left down which is ... another ruined mine! (6 on Map)

Is it wheal or is it an illusion? There's only one way to find out. Ruined mine building near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1
Go left, young man! Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 11
And travel down the road to ruin! Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 12

You can have a mooch around if you are careful (or aren't bothered by the prospect of falling down a mineshaft!. In addition, there is a footpath that runs from the mine through the fields, more or less parallel to the road, which will bring you out in Towednack. So, if you prefer tip-toeing through the tulips (cowpats, actually) so marching along the tarmac, then take this route. We did.

Quoth the ravens, 'Nevermore'.

Actually, they're crows but, hey, we're on a tight budget here!

Ruined mine building near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 2
Given the cost of housing around here I'm surprised someone hasn't put this on the market:-

For sale, former mine building, compact and bijou, very light and airy, slight subsidence problem!

Ruined mine building near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Unfortunately, some locals, in a desperate attempt to repel the invasion of emmets have resorted to guerilla warfare in an attempt to thin out the numbers.

Hang on, I think I can see something in those bushes ... Concealed sign near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1
... now, if I can just get a bit closer I might be able to see what it says ... Concealed sign near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 2
... Oh, it says 'Danger - if you are close enough to read this sign you are standing on a collapsed mineshaft'! Concealed sign near Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

OK, assuming you have managed to negotiate the mine without falling into anything nasty, you should be able to spot the path which goes across the fields to Towednack.

This little entrance by the mine marks the start of the path (7 on Map). Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 13
It's not a long walk but keep your eye out for hostile natives! Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 14
Soon, Towednack Church hoves into view. Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 15

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