Trevaunance Cove to Trevellas Porth
Updated: Mar 12, 2018
The beach at St Agnes is actually called 'Trevaunance Cove'. To the locals of St Agnes though it's often known as "Aggie Beach". From Goonlaze Cottage, the beach is about a 15 minute walk, that is to say it's 10 minutes going there; downhill and full of holiday fuelled enthusiasm and more like 20 minutes back because your walking uphill after a great day of swimming, surfing and sandcastles!
The cure for this is to stop halfway at Genki Cafe and try out the best coffee in the area or if you are in a more virtuous and healthy mood try out one of their smoothies. Described as a ‘Beach hut with a licence to chill’! They also offer sandwiches, salads, cakes, tapas. They are just about perfectly situated to have a snack or drink on the way between Goonlaze Cottage and Aggie Beach. They are well worth a visit!
St Agnes beach has a RNLI Life Guard service from early May to the end of September. They also support the local Surf Life Saving Club of St Agnes a charity which educates and trains children on sea safety, life saving and you may see them training or see the older qualified members on beach patrol working with the Life Guards.
There are plenty of places to eat, get ice creams and drinks close to the beach and two carparks (both charge though) which may be useful if you are taking a lot of beach equipment or wetsuits. Dogs are allowed on the beach all year, but must stay on the lead.
I would recommend going down to the local beach near low tide if you can; at that time there is more beach and all the rock pools and caves are accessible. If the tide is low you can often walk from Trevaunance Cove to Trevellas Porth – but do keep an eye on the tide! If you are in the mood for exploring I would recommend walking from Goonlaze Cottage to Trevellas Porth which will take you around 20 minutes then walk along the beach to Trevauance Cove where there are many places to stop for a meal or just a snack before you head back up Quay Road to Goonlaze making a nice circular walk. Check out the tide times and give yourself plenty of time to walk to, and explore the rugged beauty of the Blue Hills Tin Valley of Trevellas Porth before aiming to walk to Trevaunance Cove at low tide - you don't want to risk being cut off!
Goonlaze Cottage to Trevellas Porth to Trevaunce Cove, St Agnes walk
To get to Trevellas Porth from Goonlaze Cottage; turn left, up hill along the road until you see the footpath on your left just after Goonlaze Manor. Walk up the path and turn right into the road following it around until you meet the 'Wheal Kitty' road where you will turn left until you reach the top of the hill. Turn right here and the road will begin the steep road down toward Trevellas. You will see there is a carpark at the bottom and scattered chimneys and mine buildings that tell of the mining past of the area. Blue Hill's Tin Mine at the bottom of the valley is still a working mine and runs regular tours. There are no cafe's or shops here just the rugged natural beauty of the Cornish north coast. Assuming it's now low tide you can start your walk to Trevauance Cove to your left facing the sea (you really can't get lost!).
Safety note here - watch the tide and stay clear of cliff edge. Please do not take risks! Do not be tempted to leave it late or swim across sections!! Rip tides, strong currents, big waves and rocks are a feature of the north coast of Cornwall not to mess with! Remember to wear good shoes for clambering over the rocks.