This is a place of contrasts; high granite heathland, dramatic ocean cliffs, smuggler’s caves, long golden sands and crumbling mine-chimney stacks. If you enjoy getting off the beaten track, but want stunning scenery and the benefits of a lively Cornish village – this is the place for you.
The iconic Wheel Coates mine shaft stands in testament to St Agnes’ rich mining history – an area recognised as a World Heritage Site. It’s also situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and with over 70 footpaths and bridleways and direct access to the South West Coastal Path, it’s a great base for exploratory walks.
Take your pick from not one, but four different local beaches, including Trevaunance Cove – a 15 minute walk from the town centre – and Trevallas Porth. The vast low tide walk from Chapel Porth beach to the surfer’s choice of Porthtowan is also a must.
Not forgetting the town itself. St Agnes has a thriving arts and crafts scene as well as a flurry of independent shops and businesses to stroll around.
Once you tire of visiting the butchers for local meats and cheeses to cook at home, there are plenty of places in St Agnes for food and drink.
Families are happily catered for with the usual favourites of fish and chips, pizzerias and bakeries, alongside coffee shops and cafes. For a small town, you’ll also find a surprising number of pubs and a couple of finer-eating establishments which are all worth a visit.
Trevaunance Cove is dog friendly beach all-year round. The stunning South West Coast Path is also heaven for dog walkers and their four-legged friends.
Pay and display car parks are situated at the top of town and at Trevaunance Cove, where there is level access to the beach. Disabled public toilets are available here and in the centre of town. Lifeguard services run seasonally at Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth.