Walking trails around St Agnes

Visitors walking on the coast path above Towanroath Shaft pumping engine house, part of the Wheal Coates mine, near St Agnes, Cornwall
Walking the coast path past Towanroath, St Agnes National Trust Images / John Millar

St Agnes is great walking country. Tap into the South West Coast Path with miles of footpaths, fine views and good walking, or stray inland up and around the Beacon where you can see for miles.

Bring a picnic, drop down into Chapel Porth to the café on the beach, or explore the many eating places in and around St Agnes village.
There's year-round interest with this ever-changing landscape.

Look out St Agnes (Carn Gowla) walk

This walk takes in Carn Gowla (rock lookout in Cornish). On a clear day you can see a vast coastal landscape. From Mesolithic hunters to Second World War ammunition stores, St Agnes Head is steeped in history. It’s home to rare heathland and important seabird colonies.

White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop

People have been coming to this spot for more than 6,000 years, ever since nomadic Mesolithic hunters first stopped here - scatterings of their flint weapons and tools have been discovered beyond the car park boulders. There are also foundations of Second World War ammunition stores and gun emplacements, where Bofors guns were mounted and used by trainee gunners.

Chapel Porth to Towan Cross walk

Explore the landscape of the Cornish coast from the secluded Chapel Porth to Towan Cross, and discover its rich history as a thriving mining industry.