Rugged North Tour
Golden Sands, Holywell & Giant Rock Formations
The village of St Agnes is set back from its beach and harbour at Trevaunance Cove, where copper ore was shipped to Wales for smelting. We pass through this pretty village, heading to Wheal Coates World Heritage mining site, walk and view the Towanroath Shaft Engine House that overlooks the crystalline Atlantic Ocean.
This 3 mile stretch of golden sands was the inspiration for Poldark author Winston Graham, who also called Perranporth home. Hear the story of Saint Piran, a Bishop that floated from Ireland tied to a millstone, landing on Perranporth beach and how he came to become the patron saint of Cornwall and of Tin Mining.
Hidden from sight by giant sand dunes, this bay is popular with locals. One highlight of this beach is the Holy Well, a natural and breath-taking sculpture that is hidden until low tide and served as a place of pilgrimage for those seeking healing. Low tide also reveals a wrecked ship.
Crantock & Pentire Headland
This expansive sandy beach is backed by sand dunes and sites at the mouth of the Gannel estuary. Gaze upon its splendor while enjoying lunch, with a choice of a clifftop bistro restaurant or hearty, traditional pub food.
A place of legend that bears the mark of the giant Bedruthan. Walking this stunning stretch of Coast Path to the lookout platform, we will see how the choppy North coast sea has eroded this headland to form the five impressive, rock stacks visible today.
We finish our day with a Cornish Cream Tea Picnic at Porthcothan Bay.