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Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, to Portreath - 19th July 2012

6.8 miles - 3 hours

The starting point for this walk was a drop off point immediately in front of the Driftwood Spars Hotel in Trevaunance Cove. The path goes up a small road immediately in front of the Driftwood Spa, and you climb up a steep hill until you reach Little Orchard Village, a group of timber-framed holiday homes. At this point the trail goes off to the right of the holiday homes and is signposted "Public Footpath to Polberro". You are aiming for the top of the ridge i.e. the stone chimney that can just be seen above the trees.

Little Orchard holiday village, Trevaunance Cove

 

The footpath comes on to a small road leading to the stone chimney, an old mining relic

The path goes off to the right across open scrub land along the coast

 

Newdowns Head

Heading towards St Agnes Head

Looking back to the observation point at St Agnes Head

Looking down the coast line to Chapel Porth and beyond

First glimpse of the mine workings above Chapel Porth

Heather coming into bloom

One of the many mine shafts along the coast line, protected with a conical mesh guard

Wheal Coates mine workings

The sandy beach at Chapel Porth

The path drops down into Chapel Porth, where there is a snack bar and toilets, before climbing up the other side

Looking down on the National Trust car park at Chapel Porth

Looking back along the coast towrds Wheal Coates mine

 

 

The path goes alongside MOD property as you head towards Portreath

 

The MOD fence line prevents the path following the contours of the land, so there are a couple of places where the path drops down and you have ot immediately climb back up the other side

 

Another of the steep descents/ascents

 

 

Due to erosion of the cliffs, the path has been diverted along the road in the approach to Portreath

Portreath beach