Local Area

Local Area

The official parish of St. Agnes stretches 10 miles inland from the coast, across rolling hills dotted with the impressive remnants of our proud mining history.

Porthtowan has the largest, sandy beach in the parish, which is regularly awarded Blue Flag status. There are family-friendly beach shops and bars, a surf shop, and a backpackers, making it the perfect place to chill-out and enjoy the best of the Cornish sea-side.

Mithian is said to be one of the oldest villages in Cornwall. Many of the houses are three to four hundred years old and built of cob (clay reinforced with straw and horse hair). The popular Miners Arms pub is reputed to have been built in 1577 and widely thought to be haunted.

Mount Hawke sits atop a picturesque valley up from Porthtowan, and grew as a result of local copper mining workings. A friendly and thriving community, it has two pubs, two local stores, and is also home to the county’s largest and most popular skate park (See Activities for Kids).

Blackwater is a small, friendly village at the gateway to the area just off the A30. It has a good selection of local shops and pubs, and has a place in history as the birthplace of The Victorian philanthropist and journalist John Passmore Edwards.