St Agnes

St Agnes

St Agnes is a large village approx. 5 miles north of Redruth and 8 miles south west of Newquay. In 2011 the population was 7500 approx.

It is a popular tourist spot that previously mined copper tin and arsenic until 1920s

St Agnes beacon overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is considered the “most prominent feature of the coast line”

The beacon and surrounding hill tops are part of a huge heath land.

The original name of St Agnes was “Bryanick” which is a Cornish name which means pointed hill

There are a few archaeological sites in the St Agnes are with a rich supply of copper bronze and tin.

There was a railway between 1903 and 1963

Outdoor activities include surfing and swimming

Annual events

  • Carnival week
  • Lifeboat day
  • Bolster day

Since 17th century there have been attempts to create a harbour with the last attempt fell down in 1915/1916.

Stippy Stappy is a row of 18 th century cottages on a n incline.

Beaches – Trevaunance cove and chapel porth

St Agnes (or aggie) is in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty

The local legend of bolster the giant comes from St Agnes. Bolster ate small children, but he was tricked by his love agnes and bled to death. St Agnes was hailed a hero and the town was named after her. St Agnes has featured in Poldark novels

Things to do around St Agnes.

  • Koru kayaking
  • Ultimate Segway experience
  • St Agnes museum
  • Wheel Coates tin mine
  • Blue hills tin streams

St Agnes head is a great spot for watching sea birds. Wheel Coates mine is said to be haunted by ghosts of the miners who died there

Trevaunce cove – is popular family friendly beach. it is ideal for surfing and body boarding. The beach is more sheltered than others in the area

Its small stream is popular with children – the cove was used as a harbour for the local mines.

Chapel Porth is a popular beach in the summer months

St Agnes beacon is 628 ft tall.

The free local museum explains all the myths and legends.