north coast

Mid Cornwall – A 25 mile long stretch of dramatic heritage coastline from Hayle in the west moving eastwards towards Newquay. The towns and villages that populate this area embody the authentic feel of Cornwall and feature some of the most stunning beaches that Cornwall has to offer.

St Agnes

One of the main reasons why Cornwall has gained World Heritage status. The St Agnes Heritage Coast spreads from Porthtowan to Perranporth and is a protected site for over 40 marine mammals and amphibians. St Agnes is a thriving community with a host of village shops and restaurants with a traditional friendly feel. 

Nearby Neighbourhoods

Hayle is a UNESCO world heritage site and part of St Ives Bay with coastline stretching all the way up to Godrevy lighthouse. A multi-million pound harbour redevelopment is underway in this former mining town, bringing many new business and residential opportunities to the area.

Portreath is an idyllic place to live. This village’s fine soft sand is popular with families and it’s harbour wall creates a vortex break that local surfers enjoy too. There are a handful of beach shops, an amusement arcade, post office, bakery, tearoom, supermarket and 3 pubs. Portreath is Cornwall’s first hedgehog-friendly village.

Porthtowan. Porthtowan beach is a Blue Flag stretch of golden sands very popular with surfers. It’s a blend of large dunes and dramatic cliffs and is a short walk to another beautiful beach at Chapel Porth. There’s a nice selection of eateries and bars including the Union Pub, Porthtowan Beach Cafe and live music venue Blue Bar making Porthtowan a top sunset location.

Perranporth is a beautiful mix of mile after mile of golden sands and huge surf. Its surrounding landscape is the setting for the Poldark novels. The village is a hive of activity with plenty of restaurants and places to eat and drink. Golfers will love the links course that hugs the top of the cliffs.


With a permanent population of around 30,000, Newquay is one of the country’s most popular seaside towns and a haven for surfers due to its multitude of golden sandy beaches. With Cornwall Newquay Airport nearby, international access is convenient. 

Nearby Neighbourhood

Crantock is a coastal village south of the River Gannel. Large parts of the parish are under National Trust ownership and in Spring, Crantock is bathed in vivid colour due to the wild poppies that appear in its surrounding fields.. Crantock has a large sandy beach and is popular with swimmers, snorkelers, surfers and wind surfers. Dolphins are often seen here too.

Transportation links

Mid-Cornwall North Coast is best reached by car along either the A30 or the A39, otherwise known as ‘The Atlantic Highway. This stretches from the Devon border into Cornwall’s northeastern corner and continues west along near the coast.

Train services to the north coast of Cornwall are limited. Newquay can be reached by branch line from Par. To reach smaller towns and villages a local bus service may also be required. The further west along the Penzance line you travel the closer to north coast locations you get.

Air travel to Cornwall is served by Newquay Airport with daily flights to London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Leeds/Bradford, Teeside, Dublin and Alicante.

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