Wheal Coates National Trust owned tin mine, Cornwall

paraglider over wheal coates tin mine in cornwall

Wheal Coates tin mine in Cornwall

Wheal Coates is a National Trust owned tin mine located between St Agnes and Chapel Porth on the south west coastal path.


We parked in the National Trust owned car park at Beacon Hill. Which if you are member, it is totally free! We then walked a short distance from the car park to where Wheal Coates is located. When we arrived there were people paragliding above the tin mines making for some fantastic shots. It looked like so much fun, such a peaceful and serene setting for a glide.


From the tin mine if your turn right you can walk long the coast path where you will then come into the town of St Agnes. A great place to stop for some lunch or have a swim in the sea. However, if  turn left like we did, you can walk along the coast path towards Chapel Porth. At chapel Porth there is a small beach with a cafe. 

The walk took maybe half an hour and throughout the whole walk you have the most spectacular views over the bay. On a very clear day you can see right around the headland, and if you are lucky even maybe even a dolphin or two! 

paraglider over national trust tin mine called wheal coates in cornwall
tin mine at wheal coates in cornwall
coastal path at wheal coates on the north coast of cornwall

Chapel Porth

Unfortunately in the summer month dogs are not allowed on the beach at Chapel Porth. Which was sad for Barney as he is a proper sea dog. However, he got to have a paddle in the river near the cafe. My boyfriend and I sat by the rivers edge where we had a delicious mango and lime delipop ice lolly from the cafe. (They only accept cash F.Y.I) 


All in all, the walk was probably 2-3 miles there and back. However, there were numerous different paths you can take to make your walk longer or shorter. I highly recommend adding this to your lists of walks to do. It’s such a beautiful scenic route especially in spring/summer when all of the heather and gorse is out. 

Other posts

If you enjoyed this blog post why don’t you check out my other posts on National Trust locations in CornwallGlendurgan Gardens, Trelissick Gardens, St Michael’s Mount, Lanhydrock, Bedruthan Steps, Lantic Bay, Holywell Bay and Kynance Cove.

Lots of love, Melissa x


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