Walking Trevaunance Cove to Trevellas
Distance 0.7 miles (1.1 km).
Grid reference SW720516 to SW726519.
Park your car in the Reppers Coombe car park at Trevaunance Cove, 20p fed into the 'honesty box' will suffice!. Head past towards the Driftwood Spars Hotel and keep your eyes peeled for the white coastal footpath sign ahead of you. A good guidebook for the area is the National Trail Guide: SW Coast Path - Padstow to Falmouth by John Macadam. The path climbs gently out of the cove and is bordered on both sides by gorse, crab apple trees and bushes, this makes the ascent quite pleasant. As you near the top of the climb there are a couple of strategically placed seats affording good views of the cove and westwards to Newdowns Head. It is important to keep to the well defined paths here as there are several capped mine shafts lurking amongst the gorse. The path and cliffs are very slaty here, and a little bit of care should be taken to avoid stumbling. Your route now levels out for a few minutes and the cliffs at Pen a Grader, Cligga Head and Penhale Point come into view.
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.
Shortly the track descends quite sharply down into Trevellas Coombe and the small sand and shingle beach of Trevellas Porth can be seen. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO SWIMMING HERE DUE TO STRONG TIDAL UNDERCURRENTS. A wire fence leading down the slope helps to give you greater confidence as you drop down into the coombe. Jericho Valley known locally as 'Blue Hills', due to the bluish colour of the slate around here, is quite barren and full of relics of bygone mining activities. It is used every Easter as a one of the motor cycle and car hill-climb areas of the 'London to Land's End Trial'. Indeed, you pass beside an ornamental gate commemorating the fact just before you reach the valley floor. The path turns inland here and is met by another public footpath leading to the 'Blue Hills Tin Streams' area. For more information see 'The Blue Hills Tin Streams', or contact Colin and Mark Wills at Trevellas Coombe, St. Agnes. Tel. (01872) 553341
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: