Another of Cornwall’s former mining villages, St Agnes is huddled beside some of the wildest, most rugged coast in north Cornwall. Here the cliff tops are littered with the haunting remnants of engine houses and mine shafts, perched above sandy coves, rocky inlets and gnarly waves. Known amongst the surfing community as Cornwall’s legendary ’Badlands’, many of the breaks here aren’t for beginners, but there are plenty of sheltered bays perfect for wild swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding. Back on land you can tuck into fine Cornish cuisine, climb to St Agnes Beacon and soak up the views, or ease into beach life with your buckets and spades and a cone of lip–smacking local ice cream. Porthtowan and Portreath neighbour St Agnes and offer large golden beaches and some of the best surf in the county. From the central location on the north coast, visit the iconic harbour towns of Padstow and St Ives.