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Wheal Coates Tin Mine

St Agnes Porthtowan North Cornwall
Wheal Coates is a former tin mine situated at St Agnes Head, on the cliff tops above Chapel Porth beach on the coast path from St Agnes to Porthtowan, now owned and maintained by the National Trust. The mine was originally opened in 1802, and was a fully working tin mine from 1815 until its closure in 1889, the dilapidated engine houses stood until 1986 when the National Trust took ownership and have preserved them since. 

There are three engine houses at Wheal Coates, with Towanroath being the most prominent, an iconic building stood right above the Atlantic overlooking the ocean, its job was to pump water from the towanroath shaft that which went down some 600ft, it's amazing to think of the engineering involved in such early years. 

The area is abundant with wildlife, with Gannets flying over the ocean looking for fish to dive for, and Peregrine Falcons nesting on the headland, and if you're lucky you may catch sight of a dolphin as they're known to play in the surf in this area. Wheal Coates is also a fantastic place to watch the sunset over the Atlantic, with Towanroath engine house sitting proudly on the edge of the cliffpath, a beautiful scene. 

To reach Wheal Coates you can either walk from Chapel Porth beach, or from St Agnes, or there is a car park at St Agnes head with just a short walk to the engine houses. 

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