Trevaunance Cove and Blue Hills mine circular walk

Trevaunance Cove and Blue Hills mine

A circular walk along the stream of Trevellas Coombe where tin ore is still worked using traditional water power, past Stippy Stappy - the row of sea captain's cottages, and down the valley to the sandy beach of Trevaunance Cove with the remains of Victorian harbour which was demolished by Atlantic storms.

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The route climbs from Trevaunance Cove through Downquay Gardens to the Coast Path and follows this to Trevellas Porth. Here the route turns inland passing the engine houses and Blue Hills Tin where ore from the seabed is still worked on a small scale. The walk follows the stream up Trevellas Coombe and then tracks, footpaths and lanes lead towards St Agnes. The walk follows Water Lane along the stream to the Peterville Arms and through the woods to the bottom of the stepped row of cottages known as Stippy Stappy. The return route is via Coronation Walk along the edge of Trevaunance Coombe, with views over St Agnes.


  • Sandy beach at Trevaunance Cove and rockpools at Trevellas Porth
  • Bird's eye views of Trevaunance Cove and St Agnes from Downquay Gardens and Coronation Walk
  • Iconic engine houses and mining relics surrounding St Agnes
  • Pretty wooded valley of Trevellas Coombe with a cascading stream
  • Historic pub and local brewery at the Driftwood Spars


  • After prolonged periods of heavy rain, the rise in river level can flood the path up Trevellas Coombe.
  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 104
  • Distance: 3.1 miles/4.9 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Recommended footwear: Walking boots
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Driftwood Spars
  • The Peterville Inn

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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