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“Well worth a visit, and the beach is great too”

Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in St Agnes
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“Well worth a visit, and the beach is great too”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

It is not the easiest place to find, but well worth a visit, with a lovely cliff walk and a fabulous beach below. You can either drive to the National Trust car park on the road out of St Agnes, or drive to the National Trust car park at Chapel Porth beach and take the coastal path to Wheal Coates. I would recommend the latter, as the beach is lovely and there is also a tea room and toilets. there were lots of surfers there too.

Visited October 2013
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful scenery”
Reviewed 27 September 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous scenery and turquoise seas lined with the relics of tin mines. This is a stunning area with lots of coastal paths to follow. Free parking off Beacon Dr, on the bend near caravan park, not sign posted. Definitely worth a visit.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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“Glimpse of the past”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

An amazing look at local history set in an area of rugged beauty. I agree that it is one of the 100 sites you should see before you die.

Visited September 2013
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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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“Towanroath At Wheal Coats tin mine”
Reviewed 23 June 2013

It's a beautiful area the views are stunning I personally do not not know any were in the UK that can beat it. I have seen it through decades of my life and I have been all over the UK. It doesn't stop with the views though, the smell enchants you. there is the Ling, the wild Thyme, Gorse and Heather that infuse with the salty air of the sea to make it like no other place on earth.
To sit and watch the day go by is bliss from here.

Visited June 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

There are two parts to Wheal Coates mine, the top part is the main mine, and the engine house lower down is Towanroath Pumping House. Towanroath is the most photographed engine house in Cornwall, once used in publicity for Ginsters Pasties and other Cornish things. But most photographs are taken from the Chapel Porth side because the sun falls on this side most of the day. However, in mid-June it can be photographed 'from the rear' at the end of the day because the sun in long June days gets around this far in thje hour before sunset. Then you get a lovely view of the coast right up to St Ives behind the mine. As an attraction, this location offers stunning views with the sumptous sea beneath. Walking is fairly easy, leave your car in the National Trust Car Park just off Beacon Drive and walk first to the engine houses on the top - easily visible from the car park. Once you have explored these I recommend that you walk down to the rocky outcrop just above the cove of Chapel Path, ignoring the Towanroath shaft for now. Just before you get to the rocky outcrop you will find a good wide path going back towards Towanroath, almost level for most of its length. This is a delicious path with the surf on your left, quite safe (although there is a riskier lower path too) and you clearly head to the Engine house. Pickup a stone as you walk, and this you can drop through the grate covering the open shaft and hear it drop into the sea. Then you will need to clamber back up to the top engine houses, some paths are steeper and their surfaces looser than other paths. But as a vertigo sufferer I find it easier to climb back up than scramble down with the sea looking at me all the time. If you like Towanroath shaft, then you will like the mine on Rinsey Cliffs (Ashton, near Helston) and Botallack Mine near St Just.

Visited June 2013
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