Cornwall – September 2018

Cornwall – September 2018

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Date(s) - 03/09/2018 - 10/09/2018
All Day


Although this is more of a historical tour than a collecting tour (because no-one can guarantee good mineral finds in Cornwall today after two hundred years of collecting!) we will of course have some opportunities to collect.

This trip will be relatively easy-going, with good transport accommodation, breakfast and packed-lunch included. We’ll have evening meals together at a variety of restaurants but you’ll be responsible for the cost of evening meals. This helps keep the basic cost of the trip down and allows everyone to eat whatever they want for dinner!

Full itinerary is to be confirmed because we want to get the best up-to-date advice on anywhere worth going to collect, but an example itinerary would include:

September 3rd – Arrive in London. Our hotel is not far from Heathrow Airport and information will be provided about transfers.

September 4th – Leave West London Hotel 9.00am to drive to Cornwall.
Stop for 1hr at Stonehenge.
Continue drive to Cornwall with lunch on the way.
Arrive late afternoon at our hotel. We will use the same hotel for the whole of our trip.
Those who are not too exhausted can join a quick visit to a nearby mine site.

September 5th – Truro
Morning: Visit to the famous Truro Museum to see the Rashleigh Collection of minerals, and the world’s largest crystal of liroconite (see below)
Afternoon:  Collecting trip to a mine in the St.Day area (To be confirmed)

September 6th – St.Agnes and Cligga Head

Morning: Visit to the St.Agnes Heritage Coast and the famous clifftop mines such as Wheal Kitty and Wheal Coates.
Afternoon: Visit to the famous Cligga Head region including the famous greisen veins (below)

We will invite two or three local mineral dealers to visit our hotel in the evening for an opportunity to get some classic Cornish minerals direct from the locals.

September 7th – St Just and Botallack 

Full day exploring the beautiful mines around St Just and Botallack. We will pack extra snacks for today as we’ll be staying late (until 8pm) to see the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs (see the photo at the top of the page). After sunset we will eat close by (Penzance) and then drive back to our hotel for 10pm.

September 8th – The Lizard

The Lizard is the most southerly part of the UK mainland, and is geologically completely different to the rest of Cornwall, being made up of ultrabasic rock. We will visit some beautiful coves where lapidary-grade serpentinite can be collected (as much as you can carry) along with veins showing more unusual minerals.

Afternoon will be another collecting site to be confirmed.

September 9th –  North Coast

Morning: Visit to Tintagel, to visit the castle ruins where legend says King Arthur once lived.  We can also quickly visit the beach below where Jolyon found his first quartz crystal, at age 5, starting his life-long passion for minerals.

Afternoon: Another nearby collecting site, to be confirmed.

September 10th – Return to London

We leave in the morning to drive back to London.  We will have a brief stop en-route at another interesting locality, and then a longer (2hr) stop in Yeovil at the showrooms of the main UK mineral dealer, Crystal Classics, who probably have the best selection of classic Cornish minerals for sale in the world.

Fly out of Heathrow in the evening or stay another night and fly the next day (note: the hotel cost for this night is NOT included).


Optional Excursions:

You can arrive up to two days early for two optional excursions:

September 2nd – London, with a Londoner.

If you’ve never been to London before then Jolyon will guide you around his City.  See Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London on a combined walking and red bus tour.  We won’t have time to go in to most places – most would take half a day at least on their own – but this is the best way to see as much as possible in a short time.      Price: TBC including additional hotel cost, breakfast and lunch.
NOTE: this excursion requires walking for most of the day and is not recommended for those with limited mobility.

September 3rd – The Natural History Museum.

A guided visit to the collections of the Natural History Museum in London, with the opportunity to meet the curators and to go behind the scenes to see the famous Russell Collection of British Minerals which is off-limits to the public.  Lunch in a nearby pub, and then in the afternoon you have the choice of returning to the Natural History Museum to spend more time with the collections or, if you prefer, visiting one of the other nearby museums (Victoria and Albert, Science Museum) or a short walk to explore the famous ‘Harrods’ store if you wish.  Price: TBC including additional hotel cost, breakfast and lunch.

September 11th to 15th –  The North of England (To be confirmed)

For those with more time and who want an even greater adventure, we will be offering  FIVE DAY additional excursion to famous localities in the North of England. NOTE: this excursion  is not recommended for those with limited mobility.

Price and details to be confirmed  – NOTE: This excursion is limited to SIX PEOPLE.


Price for Cornwall Adventure:

The price for the 7  day Cornwall adventure, excluding the optional excursions and based on two people sharing is $1,500US

All prices to be confirmed prior to full booking commencing.


If you want to join our trip then fill in our form to pre-register. At this stage there is no commitment.