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.
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!
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.
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
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!