A hidden gem on the north Cornish coast near St.Agnes


Trevellas and Jericho Valleys are steeped in Cornish mining history. The coastal paths that wind around the cliffs and through Blue Hills, were once the routes taken by the miners on their daily journeys to and from the engine houses. Rumour has it that the patch working of the wild fruit trees in the sheltered spots is the scattering of stones and pips as the miners snacked on their way to work. Although the engine houses are now relics, the cliff paths are just the same and a perfect way to explore the area. You can follow the path from The Old Goathouse around the cliffs to St Agnes, or along the South West coast path, towards the National Trust Beach at Chapel Porth, enjoying spectacular sea and cliff top views. Why not stop at the Driftwood Spars, a 16th century, award winning traditional pub and micro-brewery for lunch.

St Agnes is now very much on the map as one of the North Cornish hotspots. Only 6 miles from Truro and a 30 minute drive from Newquay Airport. The village is well stocked with fabulous shops, bakers, greengrocers, traditional butchers, a pharmacy, a bank as well as great pubs and excellent restaurants. The village now boasts a brace of fish and chip shops to boot.

Known for it’s great surfing, the north Cornish coast is fabulous for experienced wave riders and learners alike. Beginners can book lessons locally or head a bit further afield to Perranporth, Crantock or St Ives where the beaches are bigger.

If the great outdoors is more about picnics and pottering for you, then this patch of coastline is simply breathtaking. You needn’t take it at break neck speed to enjoy its beauty. Venture towards St Ives, Mousehole and Newlyn to visit some of Cornwall’s glorious art galleries. Padstow, Rock and Daymer Bay are a short drive up the coast. If you fancy two wheels but the cliff paths look a bit daunting, then why not try the flat pace of the Camel Trail or the Bissoe Bike rides instead? You can bring your own or hire on arrival. There is ample storage space in the old dairy for bikes, surfboards and wetsuits.

Roger and Glen are avid touring cyclists, surfers and nature lovers and their intricate knowledge of the area means they can offer the very best insider advice on where to explore whatever the weather or tide…