St Agnes Head

St Agnes Head

  • Fantastic views stretching for 30 miles
  • Variety of walks
  • Large free car park on the headland

The picturesque village of St. Agnes on the north coast of Cornwall is steeped in mining history, with the demise of the mining industry in Cornwall; St Agnes became a popular tourist resort.

St Agnes retains a traditional friendly Cornish atmosphere and makes a superb base for a holiday. The village, set amongst some of the finest scenery in Cornwall, boasts character old stone built shops and cottages, some dating back to the early eighteenth century and was once a flourishing centre of the local tin mining industry.

For places to stay in Cornwall, as a base from which to visit St. Agnes and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Cornwall , Coastal Hotels in Cornwall , Spa Hotels in Cornwall , Bed & Breakfasts in Cornwall or Self-Catering Cottages in Cornwall

The St. Agnes Beacon stands high on the cliffs above the village and is now owned by the National Trust, the views from its summit are panoramic. St. Agnes derives its old Cornish name Bryanick, meaning pointed or prominent hill, from this dominant landmark. The cliff walks around St. Agnes pass many old solitary mine ruins. Wheal Coates is one of the best known and most picturesque groups of cliff-top mine buildings in Cornwall, offering superb coastal views.

A coastal footpath from the village leads to St. Agnes Head, which encompasses views of a thirty mile sweep of the Atlantic coast from Trevose Head, nine miles from Newquay, to St. Ives. If you have found the car park at St Agnes Head it is wonderful to walk down to the National Trust cove of Chapel Porth where you will find welcome refreshments at the little café there – it has a huge following for its hot filled baguettes and home made soup especially on Sunday mornings.

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