Known locally as Aggie Beach, Trevaunance Cove is a sheltered beach that is about a kilometer outside of the village of St. Agnes. The north facing Trevaunance Cove is a family friendly beach situated down a fairly steep incline. The beach is backed and flanked by fairly high cliffs and in times gone by mining in the area was widespread.
Trevaunance Cove is a medium sized around 200-250 meters across mainly sandy beach. There are some areas of shingle especially around the slipway and when the tide goes out the rocky areas either side of the beach are exposed. At very high spring tides the beach is virtually non-existent but at low tide quite a large expanse of beach is exposed that make the walk down to the water seem quite long.
At a low water you can also make your way around the rocky outcrop on the east side of Trevaunance beach around to Trevellas Cove / Trevellas Porth keeping an eye on the tides. Trevellas Cove is also accessible via the South West Coastal Path on the headland.
Trevaunance Cove and the surrounding area of St. Agnes is great for walkers. The area has a rich history of mining and is a designated World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Following the South West Coast Path to the west from Trevaunance Cove takes you around St. Agnes head and after around 3.3 miles you will arrive at Chapel Porth. To the east a walk along the Coast Path will take you to Trevellas Porth and past Blue Hills Tin a reminder of the mining industry here.
This mining industry is linked to the old harbour that used to be in place at Trevaunance. Now the remains are all that can be seen but there were 5 attempts in total to build a harbour wall here. Ultimately they all failed and you can view the remnants now, after many storms throughout the years.
Getting To Trevaunance Cove and Parking
On the A30 at the signpost marked Chiverton Cross take the B3277 towards St. Agnes. Follow the B3277 which will take you right into the village of St. Agnes. In St. Agnes follow the one way system around until you reach a mini roundabout with The Taphouse Bar and Bistro on it. Take the first left on the roundabout which is signposted Trevaunance Conve and Driftwood Spars. This road will lead down to the car parks after about 500 meters.
There are two car parks at Trevaunance Cove, the first on the way down to the beach is the largest and is a short walk down to the beach on a fairly steep incline. There is another smaller car park closer to the beach) past the Driftwood Spars Pub and Restaurant although this smaller car park (capacity around 50 cars will often be full in peak season.
There is also parking or bus stops in the centre of St. Agnes and the walk down to Trevaunance Cove is just short of a mile.
Access and Facilities
Both the main car parks have direct access to the beach via the slipway. Although the slope is fairly steep it is a fairly easy walk down and is level for disabled access or pushchairs.
There are public toilets and disabled toilets on the same slipway just up from the beach. In the winter they may only be open on weekends and bank holidays.
Lifeguard Patrols and Swimming
During the on-season there is a lifeguard patrol on Trevaunance which runs from the end of May to the end of September. The beach has a fair swell at most times of the year so isn’t an ideal choice for swimming unless in a section flagged by the lifeguard patrol in calm conditions.
Surfing At Trevaunance
There is usually some good, reliable and consistant surf conditions at Trevaunance Cove and it works well when there are south west swells. It is usually slightly calmer than neighbouring beaches like Porthtowan and Chapel Porth. When the conditions are right though it can get pretty crowded and the surf maybe a little too big for beginners.
The beach at Trevaunance is dog friendly year round, there are no restriction in place.