White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop

Walking trail

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.

Looking towards the old mine buildings on the St Agnes circular walk


Map route for White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop walk


White Rocks car park, St Agnes Head, grid ref: SW699513


Head south onto the coast path at the far end of the White Rocks car park. Continue along the coast path, taking in the panoramic views south past Porthtowan and Portreath and on to Godrevy Point and St Ives beyond.


After the capped mineshaft take the waymarked coast path leading down to the right, and follow it, bearing right again at the next junction to reach the Towanroath Shaft engine House.

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Retrace your steps up the coast path, take a hairpin bend to the right, and follow the path up the slope to the Wheal Coates complex.

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Leave the mine along the gravel path eastwards to the left of the chimney stack, with St Agnes Beacon directly ahead. Walk through Wheal Coates car park towards the road. Turn left, walk along the road for a short distance, then take the first right to Beacon Cottage Farm touring park.


Follow the lane to reach the farm yard, then walk through the yard between the barns to reach the far end. Go through the signposted gate, cross the field to the far corner, and over the stone stile. Follow the path, ignoring other paths to left and right, then bear left uphill towards the beacon's summit.

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Descend from the summit, taking the left-hand path, heading north west. Reaching the road at the foot of the beacon, cross over and go down the lane opposite.


Take the lane on the left after the sentry box, and continue along it to reach a stile. Walk over the steps and onto a path running along the edge of the heath.

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Follow the path in a straight line, ignoring routes to either side, to reach your starting point.


White Rocks car park, St Agnes Head, grid ref: SW699513

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White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop


Some narrow paths, bumpy underfoot, with steep climbs and stone stiles, plus a short stretch along a minor road. May be muddy.

White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop

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White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop

How to get here

Near St Agnes, TR5 0NS
By road

From the A30, at Chiverton Cross roundabout, take B3277 for St Agnes. At the roundabout at the entrance to St Agnes village, turn left and follow the brown tourist signs continue around the beacon for parking at Wheal Coates and St Agnes Head.

By foot

The South West Coast Path runs through this area and there is a good network of paths from St Agnes village. See Ordnance Survey explorer map 104 for details.

White Rocks to St Agnes Beacon Loop

Facilities and access

  • Chapel Porth café
  • Seasonal toilets at Chapel Porth car park
  • Free National Trust car park at White Rocks