Wheal Coates St Agnes
Days Out in Cornwall

Wheal Coates, St Agnes, A Ridiculously Scenic Walk!

With all the excesses of Christmas and New Year, when one of my sisters suggested a Wintery coastal walk with her, my brother in law and my niece, Si jumped at the chance. I however, wearing my brand new boots, and being in hibernation mode, was a little more reluctant.
I’m so glad that they talked me into it though! I’ve lived in Cornwall all of my life, and yet I’m still constantly finding new places to love, and this is exactly what happened with Wheal Coates. Wheal Coates near St. Agnes is a World Heritage site and area looked after by the National Trust. The walk that we went on started at the car park near to Wheal Coates and went around to the Chapel Porth beach.

Apparently you can sometimes see dolphins from where we were walking in the Summer months, which I will definitely be returning to try and spot. The site is very dramatic, imposing and just completely fantastic looking, with the sea as an amazing background.


Wheal Coates St Agnes


The engine house, and other buildings and mines were built in the quest for tin and copper, and it feels like stepping back into history as you walk around. If you fancy learning more about the history of the area, there is a museum in St. Agnes, that will help you to discover more about the areas rich mining heritage. You can play spot the Poldark filming locations on this coastline as well.


After a short walk from the car park for me it really was love at first sight! See below, some of my favourite photos we took whilst we were on our walk there. I am really pleased with how they came out, since we were only using our camera phones!

Wheal Coates
The path you take is quite narrow in places, and as you can see from my photos, there is quite a drop to the sea. Bearing this in mind I wouldn’t recommend this as somewhere to let your toddlers roam freely, especially as some of the old buildings do have quite large drops inside them that could be dangerous for a small child, and you also would not manage with a pushchair on the majority of the paths that we took.


Wheal Coates Cornwall


My boys loved investigating all of the old buildings, and even found a tunnel. Although, it was a bit of a tight squeeze coming out of the other side.


If you have a small child likely to refuse to cooperate and come out of the tunnel themselves Do Not let them in there, as you’ll be all day waiting, as it really is not adult sized


Chapel Porth Beach


At the furthest end of our walk we arrived at Chapel Porth beach, which the South West Coast path runs through. Whilst we were there, there were several people surfing, and enjoying the beach.


There is a car park at Chapel Porth run by the National Trust, so those who are not able enough, or who have small children to worry about, can enjoy this beach without having to use the paths to get there.


The car park is free for National Trust members. Apparently from Easter to Autumn half term, you can even borrow a GPS from the car park attendants if you fancy trying out geocaching! If you have no idea what geocaching is, then keep an eye out for a future post explaining, as I fancy trying this myself!


Chapel Porth has seasonal lifeguarding, so do be aware of this if you go out of season, and dogs are allowed on to the beach, but not between Easter Sunday, and the 30th September every year.


Right next to the car park, is a small open air cafe, which did lovely hot chocolates, flavoured milks, hot drinks, ice creams, and hot snacks, with picnic tables, and a small sheltered area to eat or drink at. This was perfect for us to have a small rest, as on the walk back, although we took a slightly different route, it was all uphill!


For anyone fancying using their satnav to find their way here, the postcode is TR5 0NS, and if you visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-agnes-and-chapel-porth you can get more detailed directions, and even the OS co-ordinates! If you would like to check out another fab Cornish walk then see my Carnewas post!


Stevie x


  • Emma

    Looks lovely! We’ve only lived in Cornwall four months, so there’s loads of things we haven’t seen yet – this is definitely going on the list!

  • acornishmum

    I’ve lived here for my whole almost 32 (eek!) years of life, and I STILL discover new places to love! Tehidy Country Park near Portreath is fab for woodland walks, and feeding the ducks and swans as well.
    Definitely planning to go there with my camera when the weather warms up, my boys love it there!
    P.S Welcome to Cornwall!

  • Christine

    I love this walk! I don’t live in Cornwall but visit most years and I remember this being a great walk. Probably even nicer outside of peak tourist time as you mostly get it to yourselves. #brilliantblogposts

  • acornishmum

    It is a fab walk! It was pretty cold when we went, and even out of tourist season there were more people than I expected to see there! I definitely want to go back in springtime, as it’s meant to look amazing when all the plants are flowering! I’m just amazed that living in Cornwall all my life this was the first time I had discovered this walk! Definitely will be investigating any more places I might not have been when they weather warms up a bit!x

  • Fern

    My partner goes mine ‘hunting’ and loves all things to do with mines. maybe one day me & him will have to go talk a walk around here.
    about once a week my girls go to my parents for the day and in the summer me & Mr OH went for walks around all the mining remains around truro, baldhu and that kind of area he has some lovely pictures (nowhere near as good as yours though, but dont tell him that! ha)

  • acornishmum

    By the sounds of your blog, he’s too busy chasing David Cameron around ;) that did make me laugh, fab that he’s so dedicated though!! I I’ve lived in Cornwall all my life, but I’m still constantly discovering places I haven’t been to, or didn’t even know existed! I’m looking forward to the warmer months, when I can drag my boys out more often ;)

    Stevie x

  • Liv

    I used to go here with family loads when I was younger but haven’t been in years. Have told the boyfriend (who has never been!) that we will have to go this year – especially for a hedgehog ice cream and to crawl through the old tunnels!
    I love that first photo as well by the way – the sea looks so blue and has me dreaming of summer!
    Lovely to discover another Cornish blogger :)
    Liv x

  • acornishmum

    Thank you Liv :) We loved our walk there, amazingly was first time I’d been! Lived in Cornwall all my life, but still discovering ‘treasures’ :) Nice to ‘meet’ you!

    Stevie x

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