Wheal Coates has a free car park and there is a flat walk to the pumping engine house of Towanroath shaft. Some weather damage has created a bit of difficulty in getting to the lower engine house by direct route. However, there are slightly longer but more gentle routes down to the lower paths.
Do take care when visiting, while the ruins are great to poke around, children would need to be careful. From the main engine house you have a choice of coastal walks either down to Chapel Porth for cuppa in the cafe or take the other direction passing the capped mine to Tubby's Head. Just beyond is the area that was used as an army base during the second world war (Cameron Estate/Camp).
Much of the ground is covered in heather and gorse; there could be hidden dangers from uncharted mine shafts so please do stick to the marked paths. That said, there are stunning views from the coastal paths and from Tubby's Head you can walk all the way to St Agnes passing some stunning scenery and points of interest such as the Beacon inland and Cow and Calf out to sea - so binos are useful.
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