A walk to the Wheal Virgin mine

All mining has ceased in Cornwall but the remains of past workings can be seen everywhere. They are a reminder of the County's rich heritage and a source of pride to all.

A mine chimney stack at Wheal Virgin rises from the bleak exhausted land.

We looked down at the tailings dam which used to be filled from the mine with heavily mineral-rich water. When the water had settled, it was drained and the deposits scraped off for processing.

As the light began to leave the almost lunar scape, we hurried the dogs through the heather back to the car.

A final glimpse. The bare slopes are not without their own beauty and we return often.

Photographs by Christine and Hugh West