Chapel Porth Beach is owned by the National Trust and it’s not only a pretty beach that’s great for surfing but it’s also surrounded by history. The area was once a hub of mining activity, but now the only sound is the crashing of the waves and Chapel Porth is one of the county’s most scenic spots. You’ll find it just two miles from St Agnes and although the beach can shrink a lot at high tide, a beautiful sandy expanse is revealed at low tide which connects to the closest beach –Porthtowan.
Chapel Porth is a surfing hotspot, and attracts surfers from all over Europe to try its waves, so even if you remain on the beach you can sit and watch them show off their skills. The beach has car parking, toilets, a seasonal life guarding service and a beach cafe, so it’s convenient for families. Look up at the cliffs that surround the beach and you’ll spot mining buildings tucked amidst the heather. Tin and copper mining were crucial to St Agnes for decades, and they act as a reminder of days gone by.
If you visit this area towards the end of summer onwards you’ll be greeted by the sight of heather ablaze with colour. The heathland is all that remains of a sprawling tract that used to cover most of Cornwall, and it becomes a bright patchwork once every year that glows purple and yellow.