We have returned to Cornwall for our surf yoga retreat  after a break, and we are so excited to share this adventure with you! We have relocated to the beautiful area of St Agnes.  This area is known for its outstanding natural beauty and from the TV series Poldark, so imagine a dramatic coastline with crashing waves and stunning beaches. This is also the perfect area for some amazing walks and hikes with breathtaking views.

Walks from Five Elements

Although Five Elements is situated within a nationally registered nature reserve or ‘County Wildlife Site’, there are currently no signs and no implied public access into the nature reserve itself.  From within the grounds however, from an area we call ‘Soma valley view’ it is possible to get a lovely view over into the nature reserve and bathe in birdsong. From here, one can stroll on and left towards the stream, and then back up through a field gate towards the NE field we call ‘Guru’.  After a round of that field, through another gate into the Easterly field known as ‘Surya’. At the opposite end of that field is another gate that leads onto the main access road to the main entrance to Five Elements.  In all, this walk would take approximately 20-30 minutes.

 

Walks in and around St. Agnes

St. Agnes is a mesmerising village.  On a warm, balmy day you can view the clear, turquoise waters from the heights of Trevaunance cove. When surrounded by ferns and the occasional palm tree, we have often thought how similar the feeling is to  parts of the Caribbean!

There are many areas of interest to the village. The main village, known as ‘Churchtown’, includes a few lovely shops, and a beautiful church. The ‘Sorting office’ Coffee shop is a small but characterful place to hide out for a coffee or tea break.  St. Agnes bakery opposite the church has all sorts of baked goodies. There is a distinct ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ part to the village, characterised by some very steep roads, notably Town Hill rd and Rocky lane.  These pass through Trevaunance Cove and down onto St. Agnes beach.  There are some footpaths past some historical mining sites that connect the upper and lower parts of St. Agnes.  These are signposted and are accessible either from Wheal Friend Lane past the Our Lady, Star of the Sea Catholic Church (on the right as you walk down) and from Rocky Lane itself, which usually has few cars due to the gradient.

At the bottom of Rocky lane, you will reach the Driftwood Spars Brewery on the right. Just opposite this on the left before the Driftwood Spars car park, there is the entrance to the SW Coast path towards Chapel Porth Beach. If you keep walking towards the Driftwood Spars pub, take a left and look out on the right for another sign for the SW Coast path (in the other direction, this will take you towards Perranporth.)   This whole area is part of the St. Agnes Heritage coast and is an absolute delight, whatever the weather!  It’s a beautiful area with yellow gorse and purple heather, prominent features in the late summer months. The area also has a fascinating mining history with atmospheric coastal ruins dating from the early 19th century. It is often referred to as Poldark country because of the associations with the historical novels by Winston Graham and the television series starring Aidan Turner.  After exploring the headland the route then climbs inland to St Agnes Beacon. The hill stands at a height of 189m (620 ft), commanding fabulous views over the surrounding coast and countryside.

There are several circular walks that can be done in this area, listed below.  As a guide, generally a 2 mile walk can be covered in approximately an hour, depending on the terrain, fitness and how long we spend enjoying the view!  Most of these walks are easy-moderate, with a final, longer, more strenuous walk at the end.

St Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates – 3.0 miles/4.9 km – Easy-moderate

The walk begins from what was a bustling Army Camp in WW2 but has now been reclaimed by the heather. There is a gentle climb to the Beacon from which there are spectacular views in every direction. The walk then returns via some of Cornwall’s most photographed engine houses at Wheal Coates, perched on the cliff edge.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 3.0 miles/4.9 km

Grade: Easy-moderate

Start from: St Agnes Head car park

Parking: St Agnes Head car park. Satnav: TR50ST

Recommended footwear: walking boots, or trainers in summer

Highlights

Iconic engine houses and mining relics at Wheal Cotes

Views along the coast to Porthtowan and Portreath

Spectacular 360 degreee panoramic view from St Agnes Beacon

Vibrant art scene and traditions including Bolster Day and the World Bellyboarding Championship

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/st_agnes_beacon

St Agnes to Trevellas Porth – 3.1 miles/4.9 km  Moderate

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. We then walk down the valley to the sandy beach of Trevaunance Cove with the remains of Victorian harbour which was demolished by Atlantic storms.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 3.1 miles/4.9 km

Grade: Moderate

Start from: Trevaunance Cove car park

Parking: Trevaunance Cove car park. Satnav: TR50RX

Recommended footwear: Walking boots

Highlights

Sandy beach at Trevaunance Cove and rockpools at TrevellasPorth

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

 

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/st_agnes_to_trevellas_porth

Porthtowan to Chapel Porth – 4.7 miles/7.5 km – Moderate

A circular walk from Porthtowan, along the coast, valleys and woodland passing engine houses and other relics of Cornish copper mining.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 4.7 miles/7.5 km

Grade: Moderate

Start from: Porthtowan beach car park

Parking: Porthtowan beach car park. Satnav: TR48UD

Recommended footwear: walking boots

Highlights

Long, sandy beaches at Porthtowan and Chapel Porth

Iconic engine houses and mining relics

Minerals and crystals along the footpaths

Panoramic views from the Coast Path

Vibrant art scene and traditions including Bolster Day and the World Bellyboarding Championship

Riverside walk through broadleaf woodland along Banns Vale

 

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/porthtowan_to_chapel_porth

Perranporth to Trevellas – 5.4 miles/8.7 km  Moderate

A circular walk past the remains of Alfred Nobel’s dynamite works to the red-and-yellow ore-rich cliffs above the wreck of the treasure ship Hanover. We return via the spitfire base, along Perran Coombe where a 2 mile leat once carried water to power a massive waterwheel in a chamber within the cliffs.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 5.4 miles/8.7 km

Grade: Moderate

Start from: Perranporth beach car park

Parking: Beach car park, or cliff car park if full. Satnav: TR60JN

Recommended footwear: walking boots

Highlights

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

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/perranporth_to_trevellas

Callestick and Ventongimps – 6 miles/9.7 km  Moderate

A circular countryside walk past the nature reserve at Ventongimps and the engine house of West Chyverton mine, with refreshment opportunities at both Callestick Farm, where you can see the ice cream being made, and Healey’s CyderFarm who offer tours and tastings.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 6 miles/9.7 km

Grade: Moderate

Start from: the lay-by in Penhallow

Parking: Lay-by in Penhallow, Satnav: TR49LT

Recommended footwear: Walking boots

Highlights

Insect-eating plants in the Ventongimps Moor Nature Reserve

Engine house, wildflowers and martian landscape of West Chyverton Mine

Tours and tasting at Healey’s Cyder Farm

Watch the Ice Cream being made at Callestick Farm

Wildflowers and butterflies in the fields and along the lanes in Spring

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/callestick_and_ventongimps

Chapel Porth to St. Agnes – 6.1 miles/9.8 km – Moderate

A circular walk along the coast between the golden sandy beaches of Chapel Porth and Trevaunance Cove at St Agnes via the iconic engine houses of Wheal Coates, perched above the breakers.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 6.1 miles/9.8 km

Grade: Moderate

Start from: Chapel Porth car park

Parking: National Trust car park. Satnav: TR50NR

Footwear: walking boots, or trainers in summer

Highlights

Sandy beaches with excellent surf at Chapel Porth and Trevaunance Cove

Rockpools at St Agnes and caves at Chapel Porth

Iconic engine houses and mining relics at Wheal Cotes

Panoramic views from the Coast Path around St Agnes Head

Historic pub and local brewery at St Agnes

Vibrant art scene and traditions including Bolster Day and the World Bellyboarding Championship

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/chapel_porth_to_st_agnes

Portreath to Tobban Horse – 6.8 miles/10.9 km – Strenuous

A circular walk along the rugged coast from Portreath towards Porthtowan passing small coves and remnants of the clifftop mines beside the old RAF base, and returning via the horse-drawn tramway that brought fortune to Portreath harbour, where its “lighthouse” and “monkey house” remain from the shipping activity.

Vital statistics

OS Explorer: 104

Distance: 6.8 miles/10.9 km

Grade: Strenuous

Start from: Lighthouse Hill car park

Parking: Lighthouse Hill car park. Satnav: TR164LH

Recommended footwear: Walking boots

Highlights

Rugged coastline overlooked by the “lighthouse”

Wildflowers and wildlife on the coastal heath and along the wooded tramways

Mining heritage and minerals on the waste tips

Sandy beach at Portreath

http://www.iwalkcornwall.co.uk/walk/portreath_to_tobban_horse

If you fancy joining us for some active relaxation in Cornwall we have a few spaces left on our  3 day summer retreat in July. Read more about it here https://www.adventureyogi.com/product/yoga-holiday/surf-yoga-retreat-cornwall