05 St Agnes

This AONB Section encompasses the rocky coast from Porthtowan to Cligga Head, and includes St. Agnes Beacon. The St. Agnes mining district is a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, with the Wheal Coates Engine House poised on the edge of the coastal slope above the cove at Chapel Porth. Penhale Sands is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) of international importance.

 

BEACHES, BAYS AND COVES

There are several beaches and coves in this part of the AONB, including Chapel Porth and Trevellas Porth. Porthtowan beach lies on the western end of the AONB.

 

BOATS AND FERRIES

No information is available at the moment but if you would like to tell us about anything, please contact the AONB Unit.

 

BUSES

A service runs from Redruth to St. Agnes village, with occasional services to Perranporth. St. Agnes can also be reached from Truro.

Routes & timetables

 

COMMUNITY AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Local information and events can be found here.

 

COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE

The area has exposed high cliffs and headlands, with St. Agnes Beacon dominating the landscape. The National Trust owns and manages much of the area which is rich in coastal heathland.

 

EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS

Click here for events in and around St Agnes, Look out for the annual St Agnes Carnival in the summer and the Bolster Festival in May.

 

HISTORIC SITES AND BUILDINGS

One of the smallest parts of the Cornwall AONB, St. Agnes forms part of the Cornwall Mining World Heritage Site and contains a number of important tin & copper mining and tin streaming sites including Wheal Coates near Chapel Porth and the Blue Hills Tin Mine at Trevellas Coombe. St Agnes Museum provides further information on the history of the parish.

 

NATURE

The coastal strip from St Agnes to Godrevy Head is a Special Area of Conservation.

 

PARKS AND GARDENS

There is no information available at the moment but if you know of any local information which you think should be included here, please contact the AONB Unit.

 

TOWNS AND VILLAGES

 

WALKS AND CYCLEPATHS

Click here for fantastic walks in this area from iWalk Cornwall.

A comprehensive set of walks are available for the St Agnes area. Many of these are within or include parts of the AONB