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Rugged and dramatic, the landscape evokes the strong mining heritage of St Agnes

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Trevaunance beach near St Agnes

Whether you’re visiting to surf or to explore St Agnes’ mining history, you will not be disappointed. At a first glance St Agnes is almost rural, with its beautiful architecture and woodland. But the village opens out to the most spectacular beach.

If you’re hoping to explore the beautiful north Cornwall coastline, St Agnes is a great place to begin your adventures. With access to the South West Coast Path, and a further 70 footpaths and bridleways to enjoy, keen walkers are guaranteed to enjoy this stretch of coast. You’re sure to spot spectacular landmarks reminiscent of St Agnes’ mining history, too.

St Agnes

For a day out by the sea, you’re not too far from some of Cornwall’s most magnificent beaches. Trevanance Cove, Chapel Porth, Trevellas Porth and Porthtowan are all within a short distance. Surfers will also enjoy the area, with both St Agnes’ beach and nearby Porthtowan offering pumping waves. If you’re a novice surfer, there are local surf schools such as St Agnes Surf School and places to hire boards and wetsuits.

If you stop at Porthtowan, don’t miss having a quick pint or a bite to eat at the Blue Bar . In St Agnes, a good local ale is never too far away. Traditional pubs such as The Miners Arms and The Railway Inn can be found in the village centre.

“Tucked away on the north Cornwall coast, the pretty and relaxed village of St Agnes is a South West treasure.”

St Agnes’ array of independent food retailers and restaurants makes it irresistible to food lovers. The Cornish Pizza Company offers authentic thin crust pizzas with a Cornish twist. Each pizza is dedicated to the area’s colourful mining history. Take note of instant classics including Wheal Treasure, which is topped with Grana Padano cheese, local St Agnes spicy pork sausage, fennel and fresh red chilli. For a lighter meal, check out Genki café. Look out for this mini eatery with a big menu. Genki serves up cocktails, sushi, freshly caught local seafood and tapas. So bring your appetite.

The World Bellyboarding Championships are hosted in St Agnes annually, as is the Bolster Festival. The quirky festival is a celebration of all things Cornish, showcasing life-size puppets, bands and an effigy recreating the Cornish legend of the giant named Bolster. It is a truly spectacular event and not to be missed if you’re visiting in the spring.

While you’re there

Perranporth Golf Club

With stunning views, this is a challenging course for golfers of any level.

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

Take a guided tour round the press house or visit the animals in the petting farm.

Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan is well known for it's fantastic surf and is a popular beach with families.

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