Walking Newdowns Head to Trevaunance Cove
Distance 1.1 miles (1.8 km).
Grid reference SW708517 to SW720516.
A good guidebook for the area is the National Trail Guide: SW Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth by John Macadam. Walk past the National Trust sign at Newdowns Head. Continue walking eastwards along the relatively flat path. Shortly the path begins to narrow as it descends into an area littered with capped mineshafts, old buildings and spoil tips. In places, the path runs close to the cliff edge and this can be a little nerve-racking in windy weather. On the day we walked this route, the sun was behind us and it lit up the cliffs ahead at Trevellas Porth and Cligga Head. On the clifftop opposite, the bright orange windsock of the small airfield at Trevellas could be seen fluttering in the breeze. The shoreline at Perranporth and beyond that Carter's (Gull) Rocks, off Penhale Point, were just visible in the morning haze. The sea was a very striking turquoise colour.
The path continues
winding downwards, steepening a little just above
Trevaunance, but the rocks have been laid in such a way to
make the descent easier. On meeting the road at Jubilee
Terrace, take time out to scan the beach for
remnants of the former harbour. Built in 1798 as an outlet
for the copper mining boom, this 'last in a line of harbours'
stood for almost 120 years before it's destruction by a great
storm in the winter of 1915/16. It can now only be seen as a
jumbled mass of rectangular blocks in one corner of the beach.
If you can, try to visit the St.Agnes Museum to learn so much more about this striking area.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: