A former mining community that left the skyline jagged with disused engine houses. There is an arty ambience to this corner of Cornwall, quite different from other parts, perhaps more akin to Penwith. It is hilly, with three parts; Churchtown (the top end), Peterville (X-roads) and Trevaunance Cove. With no shortage of foodie places and fine, independent shops; baker, butchers etc., the town is a popular and convenient location for Truro’s medics to live. Hence, the high house prices. The birthplace of John Opie in 1761, Cornwall’s most famous painter who became a Fellow of the Royal Academy at 26 and who is buried in St Paul’s Cathedral. A family resort, centre for dramatic coastal walks, and tricky surf break. Arts and Crafts Trail. HQ for SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) and Finisterre, a cold water surf company.