Praa Sands to Trewavas Mine circular walk

Praa Sands to Trewavas Mine

A circular walk from Praa sands across Rinsey Head to the engine house of the ironically-named Wheal Prosper, and Trewavas mine where an engine house now forms part of the path

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The walk begins along the low cliffs behind the beach then gradually climbs on the coast path to Rinsey Head to reach Wheal Prosper. The route then follows the rugged cliffs to the engine houses of Wheal Trewavas. Here, the walk turns inland, following miners' paths to Rinsey and then returns over the fields towards Praa Sands. The final stretch is along the length of the beach if the tide is out.


  • Sandy beaches at Praa sands and Porthcew
  • Engine houses at Trewavas and Rinsey Head
  • Good chance of seeing choughs


  • Several stiles on this route are stone footholds over walls. Some of the walls are 4-5ft high.
  • For the last direction, access onto the beach is over boulders. This can be avoided by following the high tide route via the lane.
  • Note that most coastal walks in Cornwall have paths close to unfenced cliffs.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 102
  • Distance: 4.4 miles/7 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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