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Picture of St Agnes BayTREVAUNANCE TRAIL

The Trevaunance Trail is a glimpse into the areas history, and the the rise and-fall of the Tonkin family and the Manor of Trevaunance.

The Tonkin family controlled the mining wealth of the area. They realised that opening up trade from Ireland and Wales had the potential to increase there turnover - so they began the construction of a harbour at Trevaunance Cove.

The harbour was finally completed in 1710 - after three attempt. The contruction of the harbour proved to be a costly venture, expending over over 6,000 on the harbour 'experiments' - leaving the Tonkin family in debt. As a consequence, the estate was relinquished in 1719 to settle the debts. the harbour stopped being maitained and was eventually swept away by the force of the sea in 1730.

The harbours story took a new twist some sixty years later when the copper mining boom caused massive expansion of trade in the area adding new impetus to requirement of a harbour at Trevaunance Cove

In 1798 the newly formed St. Agnes Harbour Company re-constructed the harbour enabling the growth and development of the local pilchard fishery and general seaborne trade. The harbour stood for 118 years, before it too was washed away in the storms of 1915/16 - lack of maintenance being a key feature of this second destruction of the harbour.

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St Agnes lies on the National Trust Coastal Path which has some spectacular walks along the cliffs to Chapel Porth and Perranporth. This is a dramatic and stunning coastline, with relics from Cornwall's mining history, adding to the grandeur of the scenery. There are a range of walks from that last from a brisk 30 minutes to a longer two hours - all possible based in and around Trevaunance Cove. Leaflet highlighting the routes and local points of interest are availablein local shops.

The routes around Trevaunance Cve and St. Agnes offer a variety of coastal, inland and valley walks, encompassing the widest possible range of interests from bird watching and wildlife to geology, folklore and industrial archaeology.

The Jerichco Valley offers a very popular local walk which runs runs inland from Trevellas Porth. There is limited parking available in Trevellas Coombe or if you wish to avaoid the steep decent into Trevellas Coombe, alternative parking is available at nearby Wheal Kitty. From the car park there is a circular walk which follows the coarse of the stream up to the footbridge before ascending out of the valley towards the B3285, at which point you turn right along the grass verge and then right again into " Football Lane" - a small farm lane - back to the car park.



St. Agnes Beacon, an impressive landmark owned by the National Trust.This dominant landmark rises 629 feet above the surrounding landscape. The panoramic views from the top of the Beacon are wel worth the effort - with a dramatic view of the cliffs and coastline from St. Ives in the south to Padstow in the North.


The remnants of a much greater earthen bulwarkthat date from the Dark Ages. the earthwork originally ran all the way from Chapel Porth to Trevaunance Cove. The local legend is that "Bolster" - the Giant - fell in love with "Agnes" a young local maiden. To prove the extent of his love, Agnes demanded that Bolster should fill a small hole on the cliff edge, with his ownblood. Bolster believed that the hole was so small that he could complete his task, easily. However, thehole was bottomless and openning into a large sea cave - leaving Bolster so weak with the amount of Blood that his task consumed that he fell into the sea - (the blood stained cave may be found at Chapel Porth).


The parish Museum at St. Agnes has exhinits detailing the local geology of the landscape in and around Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes as well as the local history of St. Agnes. The Museum is a registered charity established to promote the heritage of St. Agnes - run entirely by the efforts of local volunteers. Mining, natural history, fishing and seafaring history are explained in displays and on film. The natural history display includes a 700lb leatherback turtle. Free parking is available in the main car park in the centre of St. Agnes village.

Wheal Coates


Wheal coates is one of the most well known and enigmatic clifftop scenes A picturesque group of clifftop mine buildings in Cornwall, offering superb coastal views. The buildings are owned by the National Trust.


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