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Found within both an Area of Outstanding Natural and a World Heritage site, it goes without saying that St Agnes is one of the most unspoilt sections of Cornwall’s north coast. Although just a small village, it is alive with independent shops, quaint cafes, fine restaurants and fantastic beaches. From St Agnes there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful surroundings along the coast paths and many other small villages, each with their own charm and character to discover.
Why visit St Agnes?
St Agnes is made up of a number of different unique and beautiful landscapes and there are an abundance of opportunities to get off the beaten track and discover rural and hidden gems of Cornwall’s coastline. Not only that but the community of St Agnes brings life to the village, making it a friendly and welcoming place to stay and visit. With a packed yearly calendar of fantastic events there is always something going on in the village and the local’s love to welcome visitors. Nearby, to the south is the rustic village of Porthtowan which is just 3 miles away and offers a top surfing beach. 4 miles to the north you will find the vibrant seaside town of Perranporth.
Things to do
The village is a haven for keen walkers, boasting over 70 paths and easy access to the South West Coast path. Sat within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you are guaranteed fantastic scenery and amazing coastal views. All the trails are well signposted and are carefully maintained and cater for all, so whether you are looking for a cross country trek or a gentle coastal stroll there will be something for everyone. If you prefer life on 2 wheels however, St Agnes is just 4 miles from the popular Coast to Coast trail which starts in Portreath and crosses the county to the pretty village of Devoran on the South Coast. The 11 mile route has become increasingly popular and takes in a number of historic mine buildings, following the original tramway and railway routes once used to transport from mines to ports. Along the way you’ll find many places to stop for refreshments including a number of good country pubs.
There are also plenty of opportunities for adventurers and thrill-seekers - try coasteering, for example. This is an action-packed combination of swimming, climbing, traversing and cliff jumping with experienced guides to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time. This is run by Coastal Rush from St Agnes. If surfing is more your thing then St Agnes is a popular surfing spot, like much of Cornwall’s North coast. If you’ve never tried it before but would love to give it a go, then St Agnes Surf Lessons offer fantastic courses for all. Belly boarding is also a popular activity in the area and each year Chapel Porth beach hosts the world Bellyboarding Championships, attracting people from all over the world. Back on dry land Goonbell Riding Centre offer a range of opportunities to explore the area from horseback – including pub hacks!
For a pleasant day at the beach, St Agnes offers several options. Trevaunance cove is great for taking the kids rock-pooling and throughout the summer attracts surfers. Trevellas Porth is more quiet and secluded and therefore you will often find fishermen here. The perfect option for families is Chapel Porth beach which is cared for by the National Trust and offers a café serving drinks and refreshments. The large sandy expanse is a great place for the kids to let off some steam.
If that’s enough adventure for you the village itself offers plenty of character and charm to explore. The St Agnes community are passionate about their local area and many of the shops in the village sell locally produced food such as Lewsey Lou’s fish and chip shop and a traditional bakery and fruit and veg store. There are also many unique craft and gift shops which are great places to pick up mementos of your holiday such as Morgans and Church Town Arts. An added feature to the charm of St Agnes is the fact it has inspired artists across the country so you’ll see a high presence of local artist’s work throughout the shops, pubs and restaurants.
St Agnes also boasts a fantastic array of world-class eateries, each with a unique character of their own. From cute and quirky beachside cafes and friendly local pubs to fine-dining restaurants, you will find it all in St Agnes.