Local Area
So much to see and do!


If you love the great outdoors then St Agnes is the perfect place for you! The surrounding area is a walkers’ paradise, with direct access to the South West Coast Path for some fabulous coastal stomps. There are several footpaths and bridleways to follow for rambles through this stunning part of the Cornish countryside. A gentle climb up to the Beacon takes approximately 30 minutes from No. 51, with breath-taking views up and down the north Cornwall coastline, and even all the way across to the South coast on a clear day. Walking maps and guides are available to borrow from the cottage.

Coastal Path

St Agnes, Chapel Porth, Porthtowan, Portreath and Perranporth are all hosts to fabulous surf spots, not only for the experienced surfer but for learners alike. Surf schools in St Agnes like Breakers Surf School and Porthtowan Surf School offer lessons ranging from 2 hours to 5 day courses.

Aggies, a long running surf shop in the village have wetsuits and boards for hire, as well as new, used and custom made boards to purchase.

St Agnes is home to Surfers Against Sewage, an environmental charity with a mission to rid our coastlines of plastic, rubbish and sewage.

Explore the Cornish coastline from a different perspective with Koru Kayaking, who offer guided kayaking tours along this stunning piece of coast. Stop off at secluded beaches, discover stunning geology and explore sea caves at the same time as spotting spectacular wildlife along the way.

Enjoy the miles and miles of stunning Cornish coastal roads at a slower pace, on two wheels. St Agnes is 4 miles north of the popular coast to coast trail from Portreath to Devoran on the south coast. Aggies Cycles based in the village offer bike hire, tours and a pick up/drop off service.

St Agnes

St Agnes is home to a range of independent shops and businesses, including a fabulous bakery (try the sausage rolls), two butchers, veg shops and a florists. Try the locally sourced artisan coffee and freshly baked pastries and cakes from The Sorting Office. Along with two small grocery stores, there’s absolutely everything you need on your doorstep.

St Agnes is a thriving centre for arts and crafts. The stunning coastline has inspired artists for generations. Many galleries and shops in the village sell works from local artists and you’ll find the walls of pubs, cafes and restaurants furnished with local work.

Spend some time getting to know the history of the area at the St Agnes Museum. The Museum offers a wealth of information and artefacts relating to the parish. Learn all about the past mining communities, the harbour that once stood at Trevaunance Cove and trace the back the remarkable journey of the Lady Agnes.

Cornwall is renowned both for the richness of its produce and its forward thinking in food. St Agnes is stacked with great places to eat out. Schooners down on Trevaunance Cove has a daily changing menu with plenty of fresh fish hauled up from the beach each day. The Taphouse offers local produce and a daily list of specials in a laid back atmosphere and is a great music venue too. Taste restaurant offers a menu of local fish, meat and produce. Their surf and turf is truly amazing. The award winning Cornish Pizza Company make delicious thin crust pizzas, topped with seasonal Cornish toppings, the names of which are dedicated to the areas’ mining history. They also sell a pizza dough mix kit if you fancy making pizza back in the cottage. After a long day at the beach, treat yourself to a selection of locally brewed ales at the Driftwood Spars.

Love it or loathe it, you’ll be seeing several Poldark landmarks in many parts of the St Agnes Parish. Winston Graham lived and worked in Perranporth, just four miles from St Agnes and gained inspiration from the landscape and characters around him. Trevellas Porth (the next cove up from Trevaunance Cove) is in one of the early scenes of the first tv adaptations and the famous Stippy Stappy, although relocated to Perranporth in Grahams writing, is indeed in St Agnes! The rugged landscape around St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates is awash with remnants of the area’s mining history with iconic engine house ruins perched perilously on the soaring cliffs. The area was used to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldark’s family estate.

"This little cottage is perfect for two. It's beautifully presented with everything that you could want in a compact space. St Agnes is a lovely village and we received a really warm welcome everywhere we went. Couldn't have asked for more."

Catriona, September 2017