Going out on a high

Thursday was already our last day in Cornwall and after a few dark and murky days we were greeted with a blue sky in the morning. What a lovely send off. As with all of our holiday down here we had made plans very short notice just looking at the map and choosing what looked interesting.

This time we had opted for the St Agnes Heritage Coast. A big green area on the North coast on the map. St Agnes seemed to have a few places of interest as well namely pubs and cafés. Planned a circular walk along the coast from the village very much like we had done from Lizard and off we went.

First stop once more Devichoys Wood for a bit of off lead running and sniffing for the pooch, then coffees at Olive Grove Bistro around the corner. Tucked away from the main road this was a pure gem with lovely staff, plenty of tables and of course good coffee. I couldn’t help myself but have mine alongside a Sherry trifle which was delicious!

Waiting for Rich to throw something
Boy loves the water

Drove over to St Agnes and walked down to Trevaunance Cove, Rich munching a very good Cornish pasty from a bakery in the village as we walked. Another typical thing ticked off.

Ore mining had been quite a thing around here, we had already spotted half a dozen old chimney stacks along the way and now two just on the other side of the little combe leading to a small beach. It was lovely down there. A few people dotted around, playing with their dogs/kids and sipping coffee from the café down here.

Trevaunance Cove

Treated Merlin to some frisbee action before starting the coastal part of our walk. Views were stunning and the great weather certainly helped. Once more it was rather warm in the sun when the wind was absent. Spotted another seal, this time very close and swimming around on the surface, but once I had my camera ready it had vanished diving for whatever they dive for. Bummer.

Mid-sprint action shot
Trevaunance Cove from the other side
Looking East along the coast

Walked around St Agnes Head turning due South now with vast views down the coast line. Very different to what we just had seen. Less rugged and lower cliffs and a somewhat darker atmosphere.

At St Agnes Head

Soon the dramatically sited ruins of Wheal Coates came into view. The earliest records of this ore mining site date back to 1692 but digging for ore had been taken place since the Middle Ages here. It had been used on and off in the late 1800s and finally been given up 1914 when there was just not enough to mine really to make it profitable.

We turned inland now taking a route over the impressive 192 metres of St Agnes Beacon. Views from up here were actually a lot better than anticipated. Then back down the other side and on footpaths all the way back to the high street in St Agnes.

View from St Agnes Beacon
9k from St Agnes

Dropped stuff off at the car, fed the dog, got some fantastic Cornish ice cream and walked to the Taphouse, a restaurant we had seen on the way out of the village which had looked so very inviting.

Rich treated himself to a rum punch and I had a lager shandy. Happy days. Lovely place. It looked a bit like a Latin American place at first, but was more a surfer/beach/tiki place after all. We loved it!

Drove over the Perranporth next since it was so very close for a look around and some dinner. You could tell the place was all about the beach which was admittedly quite nice but I think we prefer the former fishing villages or quaint little inland places.

Found in No. 4 Bistro a decent restaurant for some dinner. A bit on the expensive side, but it was our last day and they allowed dogs inside. The kitchen had just opened at 5pm so we were the first ones to order. Rich had a very decent seafood linguine and I had a pretty good fish and chips. Not bad at all for our last meal in Cornwall.

Perranporth beach at dusk

Back at the cottage we just chilled on the sofa once more reminiscing on the yet another great holiday in Cornwall. October seems to be the perfect time for us. The weather is pretty decent. Shops, restaurants etc are still open but no longer rammed. And parking at any time of the day is not an issue no matter where.

With that in mind and having found the almost perfect cottage I dare to say, we will be back next year. There is still so much we haven’t done or seen in the area.

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