Saint Agnes, Cornwall travel guide and Saint Agnes information

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Visit Saint Agnes

Saint Agnes is a village and coastal resort on the coast of north-west Cornwall between Perranporth and Porthtowan. It falls within the designated heritage site of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.

The village of Saint Agnes itself is very lively and has all the facilities necessary for your visit, with a wider range of shops etc than many of the smaller Cornish village resorts, including gift shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants as well as the 'usual' butchers, grocers etc. There are also several surfing related suppliers, since the town is a popular surfing destination, and a good choice of places to stay.

One popular (and photogenic) attraction in the village is the row of 18th century stone houses called the 'Stippy Stappy' cottages, while another important landmark just along the coast is the old mine building at Wheal Coates, now owned by the National trust and perhaps the most 'typical' of all the old mines in Cornwall. to learn more about the tin industry head along the Jericho Valley to the Blue Hills tin Streams and an explanation of the process.

Although it owes its history to the mining industry, Saint Agnes owes its current popularity to its location and the good choice of beaches close to hand including Trevaunance Cove (picture above), Chapel Porth to the south and Trevallas Porth (a small picturesque cove with a pebble beach a little way north of the village). Trevaunance Cove and Chapel Porth have lifeguards in the summer season, and are sandy at low tide while swimming at Trevallas Porth is not recommended due to not being supervised, being more rocky, and possible undercurrents).

The coast here, called the Saint Agnes Heritage Coast, is followed by the south-west coast path that follows most of the coastline of Cornwall and Devon and is an excellent way to best appreciate the fine scenery of the coast of northern Cornwall with stunning coastal scenery in both directions. The most popular walk with visitors leads to the beacon on Saint Agnes Head.

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Map of Saint Agnes and places to visit

Saint Agnes places to visit

See more places nearby in the Cornwall guide