Discover St Agnes



By Mahala Smith

St Agnes parish has an amazing range of things to do with family and friends including, of course, exploring our fabulous coastline. And where better to go to on a hot summer day, or for a nice winter walk, than one of our many beaches?

And there’s one beach only the locals really know about. Trevellas might not look like a perfect Cornish beach with its shingle and remote location, but it is a hidden gem!

Away from the crowds on the other beaches and without shops or cafes, you’ll often find that Trevellas is completely deserted – especially out of season. Ok, so it’s a mixture of pebbles, coarse sand and rocks rather than the white sand of Chapel Porth. And there’s nowhere to buy an ice cream. But if it’s peace and quiet you’re after, this is the place. Whether it’s a quiet afternoon lying out in the sun or an exciting day swimming in the turquoise waters – you will never get bored! If you want a nice meal with the family bring along a barbecue or picnic and enjoy the peaceful surroundings (but please take your litter home).

There are no lifeguards here so you must be careful. But the waves are often small and when the water is calm, Trevellas is perfect for snorkelling. Local children can be seen jumping between rocks or exploring the hidden coves nearby. When the sun shines, the magnificent clear waters will remind you of the tropics![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

There’s also good news here for those with a four legged friend. This is one beach in the village that is perfectly dog friendly.  Let your dog run free and leave your kids to explore rock pools, while you lounge in the sun.

You can access the beach via Trevaunance Cove (the main beach in St Agnes) by scrambling over the rocks at low tide – to the right as you look out to sea. But be careful and check tide times before doing so – you don’t want to get cut off by the incoming tide. Or you can walk over the coast path, up a steep hill alongside the Driftwood Spars pub (and why not enjoy a drink before you set out?). The views are stunning from the cliff top, so enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.

Or you can reach Trevellas by road, driving down from Wheal Kitty to a small National Trust car park. But be warned, the car park is small and parking is limited – there is also a car park up at the top of the hill, which gives you a 10/15 minute walk down to the beach. Also be aware of the dreaded hairpin bend as you go down the hill. Many a large camper van has come unstuck and ended up in the bushes and you can often smell a burnt out clutch wafting over the cliffs!

You can also camp nearby, with both Trevellas Manor Farm Campsite and Blue Hills Touring Park both providing great facilities just outside of the village of St Agnes.

But when the sun sets, this is the place to be. Unlike Trevaunance Cove, where the cliffs block the sunset, Trevellas offers a spectacular view of the sun setting over the ocean – perfect for photos and giving you the true Cornish experience. Sit out on a picnic blanket. Bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with friends. And watch the sun disappearing below the horizon.

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