Despite only being around 15 minutes from Truro, there is a definite sense of time travelling in St Agnes. Its classic Cornish character mixed with English countryside can be likened with places such as Port Isaac and Polruan, and there is a real feel of it being somewhere ‘away from it all’, or somewhere that hasn’t yet submitted itself completely to the 21st century.
Set in a wide valley, the typical narrow winding roads lead to a small but bustling village centre, and onwards towards the beach. Within the village centre, independent galleries and stores blend seamlessly with established businesses, and silversmiths, artists and award-winning restaurants can be found across St Agnes.
Also, with two beaches on its doorstep; the nearest, Trevaunance Cove, is around 15 minutes walk from Churchtown (the centre of the village), day-trippers to St Agnes in the summer are really spoilt for choice. Trevaunance Cove is perfect for swimmers and families, as its gorgeous sand and high cliffs provide ideal shelter for beachgoers. The neighbouring beach, Trevellas Porth, is more in tune with its rugged surroundings and is more suited for photographers and explorers.
In speaking to Annie Lucas, who is part of St Agnes’ busy Chamber of Commerce (a woman who is responsible for putting the village’s name on Cornwall’s hotspot map) told us, ‘Architecturally the village has grown organically around a number of engine houses which are now embedded right into the heart of the community. You can’t miss the mining heritage which has imprinted on the geography on this beautiful place’.
In St Agnes there are also plenty of things to do no matter what your budget. Whether you’re looking for a simple afternoon rambling across the cliffs, and enjoying a cream tea afterwards or its a day exploring the village and enjoying a sumptuous meal in St Agnes’ award-winning resurants. This bustling community is a hive of culinary glory, with several of their eating establishments ranked as some of the most popular in Cornwall.
So, take a jaunt down to St Agnes. Straight off the A30 at Chiverton Cross roundabout, this village is also highly accessible by car, train and bus. Check out their tourist website for more information.