St. Agnes Heritage Coast
The coast runs from Perranporth south around St. Agnes Head to Goonvrea. The most prominent featuire of the coastline is St. Agnes Beacon, now owned by the National Trust. Despite the sound of its name, the Beacon is not manmade, but the high hill above the town that looks out to the Artlantic. The name "Beacon" comes from the old Cornish "Bryanick", or "pointed hill".
There is good walking around St. Agnes, including a circular route through the Jericho Valley following Trevellas Coombe. Nearby, a great earthwork dating to the Dark Ages runs from Chapel Porth to Trevaunance.
An excellent network of bridleways and footpaths surround Perranporth, and the Tourist Information Centre there has leaflets and maps of the footpaths. The coast is spectacular in the spring, when the clifftops are blessed with blooms.
At Wheal Coates there is a striking group of old mine buildings on the cliffs. The buildings are now owned by the National Trust, and provide good views along the coast.
Area Countryside attractions:
The South West Coast Path
Easily the longest and, in places, the most arduous, of England's National Trails. The path is actually the amalgamation of 4 paths; the Somerset & North Devon, Cornwall, South Devon, and Dorset Coastal paths. The route is quite popular, and it can be crowded in the summer months, though there are always long stretches where your only company will be a chorus of sea birds. More ...
Godrevy-Portreath Heritage Coast
A dramatic, sheer cliff some 250 feet in height, this heritage coast provides several outstanding viewpoints. More ...
Attractions in Cornwall
OS Landranger series #200, 203
Cornwall Coast: a guide to beaches & walks
Tel (01637) 851889
(Runs a variety of events along the coast)
Tourist Information Centres