Iconic cliff-top engine houses and much more
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Walk around the stunning cliff-top engine house at Wheal Coates: pictured on hundreds of postcards, but must be seen for real. Visit the site of the old harbour at Trevaunance Cove, now in ruins, with a lovely beach and some great eateries.
You could also walk the stark coastline around Cligga Head, world famous for its outstanding mineralogy and cliff workings. You will be spoilt for choice for picnic spots here.
After lunch, walk the coast path into St Agnes, full of fascinating artifacts and information about the Parish of St Agnes. There are lots about its rich mining and maritime history with a detailed model of the former harbour and its fabulous Lady Agnes figurehead.
Finally, housed in a listed chapel, the St Agnes Museum is well worth a visit. The social and economic legacy of tin and copper mining in St Agnes is reflected in the Museum’s fascinating collection. Mining artifacts, photographs, maps, films and family histories bring the story to life.
Travelling to St Agnes
By car, St Agnes is easily accessible from the A30 via the B3277, and is roughly nine miles from Truro.
By bus, the Trurorian T1 runs from Truro every half an hour during the week. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
Trevaunance Cove and Trevellas Porth both allow dogs all year round. All dogs (except guide dogs) are banned from Chapel Porth and Porthtowan beaches from Easter Day to 1st October
The main car park is in the village centre (next to the library), and there are also car parks at Wheal Kitty and the four main beaches
There are public toilets in the car parks of Chapel Porth, Porthtowan and Trevaunance Cove, as well as in the main village car park
Eating & drinking
The St Agnes Hotel, The Tap House, and The Driftwood Spars all offer great food and drink and a warm welcome, or grab a freshly-made sandwich or pasty from the fantastic St Agnes Bakery and head for the great outdoors. At Porthtowan, Blue Bar is a café-bar right on the beach that is popular with surfers
Too many to mention! The coastal path that runs all along this area has hundreds of spectacular spots to sit and take it all in.
For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/