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A large village steeped in mining history, now popular for its nearby beaches

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Porthtowan Beach
Stippy Stappy Cottages
Trevaunance Cove
Wheal Coates Tin Mine
St Agnes Beacon
St Agnes is a picturesque large village steeped in mining history. It is a thriving place that attracts plenty of visitors to its 4 beaches that are located close to the village. To the south is Chapel Porth, famed for producing some of he best waves in Europe. At low tide the beach is relatively small, but at high tide the sands extend to the next beach Porthtowan, which is equally as extensive. Both beaches have a large car park and there are a number of shops, cafe's and bars. In the St Agnes itself, do not miss the row of picturesque 18th century former miners cottages that lead down from the village to the valley below, known as Stippy Stappy.

Surf school on Chapel Porth beach
Photo Tim Green aka atoach

Porthtowan
Photo rossbreadmore

Stippy Stappy Cottages
Photo Bob Jones
To the north of the town is Trevaunance Cove, where the beach is centred around the old harbour. There is car parking available and dogs are allowed on the beach all year around. You can walk to nearby Trevellas Porth which is a small pebbly beach, where there is good fishing and snorkelling. Car parking is limited, but again dogs are allowed on the beach all year around.

Trevaunance Cove
Photo Tony Atkin
On the cliffs near to Chapel Porth is the Wheal Coates tin mine. The mine workings go all the way down to the sea and are now owned by the National Trust. The mine shaft Is accessible through a large cave at the far end of Chapel Porth. The mine workings can be seen from the cliff paths and are a distinctive reminder of the towns past and the whole area has been designated as a world heritage site. Beware though, there is a legend that the mine is haunted by the ghosts of the miners that have died there!

Towanroath engine house, Wheal Coates
Photo Chris Andrews
For a good view of St Agnes and the surrounding area, head for the St Agnes Beacon, a local landmark to the west of the village and now owned by the National Trust.

Blue Bar

A friendly and welcoming bar in a great location overlooking Porthtowan beach. Seasonal, local & freshly prepared food served daily from 10am. Live music at the weekends. Huge outside terraces with epic sunsets. Tel: 01209 890 329
Visitor Information
Chapel Porth and Porthtowan beaches do not allow dogs from Easter to September. However, dogs are allowed at Trevaunance Cove all year round.

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