With World Heritage Status and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the unspoilt village of St Agnes is a real scenic and cultural gem on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. St Agnes is scenic coastal village with a healthy choice of local shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and artists studios, two good beaches and a fine choice of idyllic, luxury holiday homes. St Agnes is located in a little valley leading down to a cove with fantastically blue and safe waters offering good surfing conditions. Being located in a valley there are plenty of walks around the area right from the door of your Cornish holiday home. Trek up through fields for some spectacular views, follow the river up the valley to see its rushing waterfalls or take a longer ramble along the Coastal Footpath for some dramatic seascapes and sunsets.

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For more sedate activities when holidaying in St Agnes, go trekking at the Goonbell Riding Centre or join a cruise up the Helford Rover, the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s classic novel Frenchman’s Creek.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. Surfing is probably the largest and most popular pastime within the community. St Agnes hosts two international surf competitions each year, and boasts some of the best conditions around with reliable and consistent swells all year round. You can also take lessons with highly qualified instructors – whether you’re looking to improve or learn from scratch, you can be accommodated. For more adrenalin-filled fun, there are opportunities to go coasteering with Cornish Rush or, if you (or your children) must take skateboards on holiday, try the huge indoor skate park at Mount Hawke. Take a guided kayaking tour and see the cliffs from below with Koru Kayaking or book your surf lessons with the Breakers Surf School.

The beaches are all family and dog friendly and perfect for walking and lounging on. The area is proud of not one but four beaches, all of which are kept to the highest standard and watched by the best lifeguards around. After a few hours on the beach or in the surf, slake your thirst with some locally brewed real ale at The Driftwood Spars. This wonderful pub is located in St. Agnes’ Trevaunance Cove and well worth a visit.

St Agnes nestles amongst miles of safe and well-worn cycle tracks along the Cornish coast. There is a lovely eleven-mile track from Portreath to Devoran which runs almost completely on a purpose built cycle track through beautiful, wild countryside.

Whether you’re taking in the whole of Cornwall or just picking a spot to rent a St Agnes holiday cottage for a week or two for some lasting memories of this off-the-beatern-track corner of Cornwall.