Crossing The Mine Field


And so, the Reporting Team wearily picked up a small group of donkeys and, for the umpteenth time, hauled their asses up Rosewall Hill.

There are several paths, all of them pretty gentle, you can take from the lay-by side. However, once you are nearer the top the paths become less obvious. However, it's a pretty open area and so there is plenty of room to roam. Just watch out for the occasional mineshaft or marauding goat!

Aha! This is much more like it, a beaten track. This should be a doddle ... Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 25
... bah! Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 26
The objective is in sight ... as is more gorse than you can shake a stick at. Route around Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 27

Undaunted, the Reporting Team traversed the fearsome foliage and finally made it to the summit of Rosewall Hill (15 on map).

Once you arrive at the top you find a couple of things on offer; naturally occurring piles of stones and unnaturally occurring piles of stones!

These grew naturally ... The stones on Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1
... these didn't! The Chimneys on Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

OK, let's start with the unnaturally occurring ones.

The mine buildings are long since departed, with just the chimbleys remaining.

The mine ruins on Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall All that's left of the Cornish industrial sector these days.
The Chimneys on Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 2 Mind you, they certainly built these buggers to last, didn't they?
The Chimneys on Rosewall Hill, St. Ives, Cornwall 3 Hello, I think someone must still live here. Could be Cornish knockers*.

 

If you actually want to know about the mine your best bet is to either head down to the St. Ives Museum (on Wheal Dream, overlooking Bamaluz Beach) or the St. Ives Trust (First Floor, St. Ives Library, corner of Gabriel Street and Tregenna Place).

[* Small gremlin-like creatures tin miners believed were responsible for the unexplained noises, missing things and accidents in the mines.]

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