Hallmarked by the transformation that occurred to many of Cornwall’s villages as the mining industry of the area began to die down, St Agnes too began to transition into tourism; and why not? Where wealth of natural resources was once interpreted in terms of ore and fossil fuels, today there are other distinct views, and not the least of these is the opinion involving natural beauty as the supreme natural resource.
With this gradual change in the general opinion, a place like St Agnes is exactly what would be imagined by anyone seeking completely natural beauty. Surprisingly there is no one ‘stereotype’ of people that would venture out to places of breathtaking natural beauty, and as such, the type of visitors that St Agnes gets varies markedly. Students staying in self-catering accommodation to keep within a tight budget, families renting out small cottages or staying in hotels, all of them come to view nature’s many miracles at their magical best.
Natural Wonder: What to Expect at St Agnes
Some gardens are beautiful, and as such full of natural beauty. If that is the case, why ever make a trip to experience natural beauty? Yet it should be common enough knowledge that nature is extremely diverse, and as such, no matter how beautiful a garden is, it will never be able to contain even close to a complete resource of natural beauty.
Simply put, St Agnes has diverse options as far as natural beauty goes. Located, as it is, on the coastline of Cornwall, the view of the surrounding area is spectacular. Gigantic cliffs rising up from the ocean, sprawling beaches during the low tide, secluded coves nestled in between rocks, and even great waves; there is no end to the visions of nature’s splendor.
As could be expected, there is also a great population of wildlife to complement the existing beauty. Every so often, it is possible to see sunfish, turtles, or porpoises in the coves that lie hidden in between the cliffs.
Otherwise, for those more interested in bird watching, St Agnes Head is the place to be, provided binoculars are available. Almost every type of sea bird conceivable, and then some, can be observed atop a perch on St Agnes Head.
Most holiday makers choose to use St Agnes as a base of operations of sorts, taking out a room in one of the hotels, bed and breakfast or self catering accommodations and then spending much of the time walking down the coast or coastal roads as they explore. Exploration, of course, is like an adventure of its very own.
That said, if what is desired is a quick ‘birds eye’ view of the natural beauty inherent to St Agnes, then a climb to the top of St Agnes Beacon could easily provide just that. With a peak 628 feet high, at the very top the view is completely breathtaking.
Historically Significant Spots
More exists in St Agnes than simply natural beauty, no matter how big a draw that it alone is. Throughout the village and its surrounding area there are many other places of interest for those that wish to pursue something different for a while.
If interested in history or even merely old structures that date back to antiquity, then the Bolster and Chapel Porth should immediately draw attention. A large earthen bulwark, supposedly it was constructed by a giant named Bolster, who spilt his blood into a hole at the edge of the cliff in order to prove his love to a maiden named Agnes. A blood stained cave where Bolsters blood supposedly flowed into can be found at Chapel Porth. True or not, the entire structure is supposed to date back to the Dark Ages.
For another brief look into history, albeit of a somewhat more recent type, the Wheal Coates mine is one of the best known remnants of St Agnes’ flourishing mining trade. Although not a natural beauty, it is beautiful nonetheless; a few cliff-top mining buildings that hearken to days past. Rumor has it that some of the mines are haunted – so tread carefully.
Anyone wishing to know more about the vibrant history of St Agnes could visit the St Agnes Parish Museum. Run completely by volunteers, all of whom are passionate to a fault in everything regarding the landscape and history of the village, the St Agnes Parish Museum offers an in-depth look unlike any other. From legends to mining to seafaring, everything is available readily, including a 700-pound leatherback turtle.
What First: Ideas of How to Start Off a Trip to St Agnes
Faced with such a wealth of options, and, essentially, completely spoilt for choice, it may be best to focus on the little things first. Accommodation, for instance, should be sorted out immediately, as should the duration of stay. By choosing how long to stay and then selecting either one of the hotels, bed and breakfast or self catering establishments, it would be easier to determine what to do next, and what sort of timeframe to do it in.
Whether it is natural beauty, historical wonders, or simply vintage village lifestyles that appeal, St Agnes has them all. Some prefer a mix of all three; others are more inclined to stick with a single option. Naturally, the choice need not be made at once, if time permits.
Truth is, St Agnes is not going anywhere, but that isn’t reason to dally about visiting it. Procrastination won’t help; but at the same time, hurrying into decisions won’t either. It is unfortunate, but necessary, that all things should be considered carefully and decided on within perhaps an hour or so.
With the decisions taken care of, the holiday may then be enjoyed to the fullest without the specter of additional decisions waiting to be made hanging over the shoulders.
No matter if wealth in natural beauty can be deemed wealth in natural resources; St Agnes is wealthy nonetheless, in ways that cannot be denied by any who have had the good fortune to holiday there. As a village surrounded by such wonders, and yet somehow managing to preserve both themselves and their surroundings, it is a beacon of hope to all.
At St. Agnes, you have an array of accommodation choices. You can opt for hotels or cottages, or you can even hire a caravan and camp-out.
Cleaderscroft Hotel, Rosemundy House Hotel, The St. Agnes Hotel and Driftwood Spars Hotel, are among the popular hotels of St. Agnes.
Bed & Breakfast
You can enjoy the warm and friendly Cornish hospitality at The Yellow House, The Little Trevellas Farm, Penkerris Guest House, 8 Atlantic Mews, Beach Cottage, Glen Cottage, Kimberley, Montose, Trevaunance Cottage and Mellowvean.
Abacus Holidays, Acanthus Holidays, Banesvale Farm Cottages and Farms, Barneycot, Bolster Farm,Bryannack Farm, Four Winds, Innisbrook, Lantern Cottage, Lawrence Villa, Little Orchard Village, Trehane, Valentine Cottage and Whitewash Cottage offer you a comfortable and cosy stay.
Beacon Cottage Farm Holidays, Presingoll Farm Caravan and Troytown Farm Caravan - all rent-out delightful caravans, and you can enjoy a lovely adventurous stay.
St. Agnes is known for its tempting sea-fare. You can sample their delicious local recipes and swig a draught at Schooners Restaurant, The Railway Inn, Peterville Inn, St-Agnes Hotel Restaurant, The Spindrift Seafood Restaurant, Sally's, Flaming Wok, Unicorn / Shakers and Blue Bar.
Small but charming, St. Agnes makes for the ideal Cornish sea-side holiday. Its breath-taking landscapes and natural beauty, coupled with the warmth of the local people, makes it a lovely little holiday haven.