The Underground Explorer - Explore an Abandoned Cornish Tin Mine

3 hours
£40.00 per person
Physical rating
Perfect for individuals, small groups and can be tailored for

What to expect

The Underground Explorer is our entry-level mine exploration trip. We visit an ancient, abandoned Cornish tin mine, tucked away in an idyllic location on a Cornish cliffside. We get to explore a few levels of this authentic mine, left as it was when abandoned by the miners long ago. The Underground Explorer is our easier-level session which offers a great introduction to real Cornish Mine Exploration. It will involve descending some ladders to enter the mine, some short-lived tight spaces, and requires a reasonable level of fitness. There is even the option to try a small abseil to give you a flavour of what more advanced caving techniques are all about. 

Unlike a show mine, this is authentic exploration, using caving equipment, and the only sources of light are the head torches we attach to our helmets. As well as giving you a good dose of adventure, we also share the history of Cornish mining, and we feel the only way to truly appreciate this huge part of Cornwall's heritage is to see it for yourself, up close and personal.

This trip does include descending some ladders and some  confined spaces. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. If you are not sure if this trip is for you, please get in touch so we can have a chat. For those looking for the ultimate underground experience in Cornwall, then please see our Underground Adventurer or Underground Adventurer Extreme tours.

### Itinerary

You will meet your instructor in the car park, and we'll commence getting prepped for the trip, putting on our caving suits, wellies, helmets and harnesses. After double-checking the head torches are good to go, we set off. 

When we reach the mine entrance, we have to descend a series of short ladders to enter the mine proper. We're now underground, making our way along a 300-year-old tunnel that leads to the inner workings of the mine. We spend the majority of the tour exploring these levels, before making our way up to ta different entrance to the mine where we can try some abseiling. There's a lot more to it than that, and we look forward to welcoming you on this trip to enjoy the full experience.

Once you've completed this trip, you may decide you're ready for the Underground Adventurer next time you visit Cornwall!

The minimum age for this trip is 10 years old. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. Descending and ascending ladders is mandatory and there will be some tight spaces.

You will meet your instructor in the car park, and we'll commence getting prepped for the trip, putting on our caving suits, wellies, helmets and harnesses. After double-checking the head torches are good to go, we set off. We have to walk fifteen minutes, or so, overland to reach the mine. Along the way we get to talk about the various surface mining features we pass, as well as enjoy this stunning section of coastline.

When we reach the mine, we have to descend some steep coastal slopes to reach the deep level of the mine. And finally we're underground, making our way along a 300-year-old tunnel that leads to the inner workings of the mine. We spend half of the tour exploring this level, before making our way up to the top level where we can try some abseiling. There's a lot more to it than that, and we look forward to welcoming you on this trip to enjoy the full experience.

Once you've completed this trip, you may decide you're ready for the Underground Adventurer next time you visit Cornwall!

The minimum age for this trip is 10 years old. A reasonable level of fitness is required and there will be some tight spaces.

Your accommodation

No accommodation is provided for this activity but there are some places nearby

What's included

Equipment

We provide you with a caving suit, wellies, harness, helmet and head torch.

What to bring

Warm clothing

Some old clothes to wear under the caving suit. There is a chance of getting them slightly wet or muddy, so don't bring your Sunday best!

Food

Some food and drink for after the trip - you may well be hungry and thirsty.

Drink

Some food and drink for after the trip - you may well be hungry and thirsty.

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IMPORTANT: Please provide us with the height, build, and shoe size of everyone in your group, to ensure we bring the correct equipment for you.

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