Wheal Coates Tin Mining Walk

Walking trail

You can either follow the main pathway out to the tin mine ruins and back, or take the way-marked circular route out toward the sea, along the coast path, and back up and through the old tin mine buildings.

Wheal Coates Towanroath Shaft Engine House, Cornwall


Wheal Coates Tin Mine Walk trail map


Wheal Coates car park


Go through the gap in the hedge to the left of the information sign. Straight away you will be able to see the part of the tin mine ruins of Wheal Coates, against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.


Take the first left as the path forks and carry on down the wide gentle sloping pathway.


You will reach a cross-road. Go straight across, following the path away from the ruins, and down toward Chapel Porth.


You pass several footpaths and a triangular patch of heathland on your right. You have an option here to go left and follow a steeper path down the valley, with a couple of benches along the way. For an easy life, stay on the wider, less steep pathway, and carry straight on toward the sea to meet with the South West coast path.


Notice the mine shafts, topped with conical grids (known as Clwyd caps), dotted along on your left. You will pass over a metal revetment and the Chapel Porth white stones sign will soon come in to view, also on the left.


As you reach the viewpoint a number of paths lead off left to Chapel Porth, but follow the pathway round to the right, and sit on the bench to take in the view. The view will change depending on the tide. It could be ocean wherever you look, or at low tide, vast stretches of sand, almost joining Chapel Porth and Porthtowan, the next bay along to the south. Perhaps you will spot the Boiler wreck in the sand on very low tides. On a clear day you can see far along the coast to St Ives Bay.


Head toward Wheal Coates along the wide coast path, with the sea on your left. The Towanroath Shaft engine house will soon come in to view; you are walking in the footsteps of the miners that worked here over 200 years ago.


Have a good look around the engine house, find the hole in the ground just past this first building, and standing on the grating, spy the water deep at the bottom. Imagine heading down this shaft to work every day.


Listen for the rumble of the sea below you as you head further in to the ruins. The path gets quite rocky as you head up hill, so watch your step. You will reach a way-marker with a pink arrow pointing right and up. Zig-zag back on yourself as you climb up the hill. You will pass a very smart Cornish hedge on your left and if you can see a wooden barrier up ahead then you’re on the right path.


Follow the smaller paths in and out of the tin mine buildings to explore.


Keep heading up the hill, you will reach a lone chimney, and a big granite boulder. The information here should answer any questions you have about the tin mine, and the surrounding heathland that you have been wandering through.


As you walk back to the car park you will see St Agnes Beacon (a little hill) in front of you. There are several footpaths leading to the view point on the top if you still have the energy.


back where you started in the Wheal Coates car park

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Wheal Coates Tin Mining Walk

How to get here

Wheal Coates, Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NT
By road
From A30, at Chiverton Cross roundabout, take B3277 for St Agnes. At roundabout, at the entrance to St Agnes village, turn left and follow brown tourist signs past the beacon for Wheal Coates.


Wheal Coates Tin Mining Walk

Facilities and access

  • car park