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“Beautiful views”

Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in St Agnes
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

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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Reviewed February 27, 2014

a short walk from chapel port reveals this stunning gem.
positioned on a cliff top and it really one of the better mines for photographing .

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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I have been coming here all my life. In any weather and time of the day it always seems special. The mine shaft next to the pump house is great for kids to peak down. If you come and watch the sunset you won't be disappointed. The cafe in Chaple Porth is great for a snack after.

Thank Ian H
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

Wheal Coates provides an interesting view into the Cornish past, with what remains of the tin mine being beautifully preserved. We parked at the car park at the top, from there is around a 10 minute walk to the mine. Here you can get amazing photographs of the surrounding scenery and the mine.

Underneath the mine is a huge sea cave which goes a long way back into the cliffs. We firstly (and stupidly!) tried to access this from the top of the cliffs, just below the the mine, before being told off from below by the coastguard! But after walking down onto the beach itself, we managed to access it. The cave goes back a long way, we got as far back as a waterfall. I guess it must eventually connect up to the mine workings?

I highly recommend spending half a day here, especially when the tide is out so as the cave is accessible.

1  Thank JoshAFC
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

It is not the easiest place to find, but well worth a visit, with a lovely cliff walk and a fabulous beach below. You can either drive to the National Trust car park on the road out of St Agnes, or drive to the National Trust car park at Chapel Porth beach and take the coastal path to Wheal Coates. I would recommend the latter, as the beach is lovely and there is also a tea room and toilets. there were lots of surfers there too.

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