A wet and windy trip to Wheal Coates


As recently signed up members of the National Trust (a sure sign you’ve hit middle age!), I spent a good amount of time trawling their website for sites in Cornwall that we could visit on our recent trip. Wheal Coates is an old tin mine, located on a dramatic clifftop above Chapel Porth beach, and the ruins are one of the most photographed places in Cornwall. The best viewing time is supposedly the evening, when you should see a spectacular sunset, but as we have a toddler, we took the easy option and visited on a moody looking morning.

There are 3 engine houses and from the car park you can take a circular walk amongst the heather and gorse and take in the dramatic sea views across the cliffs, before ambling across to explore the ruins.


Wheal Coates ruin

Sea view from Wheal Coates


The views are spectacular, even on a less than sunny day. Although it’s worth stating that the path does bring you fairly close to the edge of the cliff – perhaps not the best trip for anyone with particularly brave or curious children!

We took the pushchair which was a good test of the off-roading capabilities of the Bugaboo Cameleon, but it coped remarkably well.


Wheal Coates with pushchair


Max loved exploring the paths and the ruins, as you can see.


Exploring Wheal Coates


Unfortunately the path was a bit uneven and this happened a few moments later – whoops!


Wheal Coates


A quick cuddle and he was back on his feet having a good explore of the ruins though.

You’ll notice that we didn’t have the best of weather on this trip – soon after these photos were taken a storm came in really quickly and before we knew it, it was raining pretty hard and we bid a hasty retreat to the car!



Wheal Coates, Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NT

Parking: Free for National Trust Members, charge in high season for non-members. You can wander down to Chapel Porth beach from this car park too.

Admission: Free, dogs welcome

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wheal-coates

  • Natalie @memeandharri

    I love your pictures Katy they are stunning! I also love your logo/header it looks beautiful x

    • Thanks so much Natalie – they’re not quite my usual style of photos I don’t think, but they certainly have a ‘feel’ to them! And thanks for your lovely comment on the header too – I’m so pleased with it!

  • Even with the storm coming in those views are beautiful – I can imagine they are even more so in the sunshine. Those ruins look like an interesting place to explore and always useful to know when places like this are accessible with a buggy even if it is testing the off-road capabilities a bit! Glad Max was ok after a cuddle 🙂

  • Gorgeous photos! Sounds like a great place to explore. I feel like a national trust membership is in my very near future…

    • Thanks – they’re quite moody, aren’t they? I can’t recommend membership enough – we’re getting good use out of ours! I love the no-pressure of being able to drop in and if Max isn’t in the mood there’s no issue in just abandoning.