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Breathtaking coast, rich in heritage and wildlife

A vast low tide beach and a sea of glowing heather make it hard to believe this area was once an industrial landscape. The enigmatic buildings perched on the cliffs provide a reminder of St Agnes’ tin and copper mining past.

Go for a stroll around the network of paths at Wheal Charlotte, Wheal Coates or Trevellas to discover more of this World Heritage Site.

St Agnes Beacon and the surrounding cliff tops are one of the last remnants of a huge tract of heathland which once spread across Cornwall. This rare and important habitat is internationally recognised for its wealth of wildlife, and from late summer onwards comes alive with colour, forming a brilliant yellow and purple patchwork of gorse and heather.

Starry, starry nights

We've teamed up with the Dark Sky Discovery Site to put St Agnes on the star gazing map.

Walk or drive to our small car park off Beacon Drive (SW 699513) and you won't need to wander far to find a good spot to settle down, get your telescope out and look up. Please wrap up sensibly for being out after dark and don't stray far from the parking area.

No telescope? No problem, there's lots to see with the naked eye.

The World Bellyboard Championships

Youngsters bellyboarding at the world bellyboarding championships in 2014

Youngsters bellyboarding at the world bellyboarding championships in 2014

This unique celebration of surfing culture has been part of the great British seaside tradition since the 1920s. Contributors and competitors gather in their hundreds each September to share stories, display boards, eat good things and dive in the surf.

Chapel Porth has hosted the champs since its humble beginnings, set in a dramatic landscape that has changed little over the past 50 years, providing a perfect vintage atmosphere for the champs. Everyone can enter, so why not visit our bellyboard website to find out more?

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