Perranporth to St Agnes walk

Perranporth to St Agnes (via bus)

A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, along the ore-bearing cliffs between Perranporth and St Agnes passing the remains of Nobel's dynamite works, Britain's best preserved spitfire base and the Blue Hills of Trevellas Coombe where tin is still processed on a small scale using traditional methods.

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After an initial bus journey from St Agnes to Perranporth, the route follows the coast path from Perranporth beach around Droskyn Point and past the blowholes of Shag Rock. From here, the path passes Alfred Nobel's dynamite works and crosses the mineral lodes on Cligga Head to reach the knife-edge cliffs of Hanover Cove. The walk then crosses the old spitfire base and descends into the steep valley of Trevellas Coombe. After a fairly steep climb out of the valley on the Motorcycle Club's Land's End course the route follows the ridge and climbs into St Agnes via Stippy Stappy, completing the walk in the centre of the village.


  • Huge sandy beach at Perranporth
  • Panoramic views of Perran Bay from Droskyn Point
  • Snorting blowholes at Shag Rock
  • Rugged coast at Hanover Cove
  • A colourful history including battles between mines, nitroglycerine, and a shipwreck laden with gold bullion
  • Britain's best-preserved spitfire base
  • Iconic engine houses and mining relics surrounding St Agnes
  • Sandy beach at Trevaunance Cove and rockpools at Trevellas Porth
  • Bird's eye views of Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes from Coronation Walk
  • Historic pub and local brewery at the Driftwood Spars


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 104
  • Distance: 4.7 miles/7.5 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Bus: 87 from St Agnes Institute to Perranporth.
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • No stiles: ✓
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • St Agnes Hotel
  • The Deck
  • The Driftwood Spars
  • The Green Parrot
  • The Perranporth Inn
  • The Peterville Inn
  • The Railway Inn
  • The Seiners Arms
  • The Tywarnhayle Inn
  • The Watering Hole

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