Mining on the edge of the earth
- Cost: Entry fees required for some attractions
Park your car at Sennen Cove car park (approximately £3 per day) and take your board down to Sennen Cove beach, one of the most consistent surfing beaches in the UK. Beginners can also hire boards and wet suits at www.sennensurfingcentre.com, who also offer professional surfing lessons.
Top up your energy levels and enjoy a picnic on the beach, then take a short drive to Morvah to visit the disused tin mine, which is well worth a visit.
From there, take a 20 minute drive to Land’s End to explore the coastal scenery and historic sites by bike. See www.landsendcyclehire.co.uk for details on bicycle hire.
Travel by bus to St Just and walk the coastpath down to beautiful Cape Cornwall – Britain’s only cape – where an ornate solitary mine stack stands sentinel on the coast.
For lunch, stop at Cape Cornwall Golf Club, located between the centre of St Just and Cape Cornwall itself.
After lunch, follow the coastpath to the town of St Just, and explore its characteristic rows of granite mine workers’ cottages, public squares, shops, cafés, art galleries, and historic outdoor performance space—the Plen an Gwary or ‘playing place’.
Travelling to St Just
St Just is seven miles from Penzance. By car, follow the A3071 from Penzance or the B3306 from St Ives.
The 17, 17a, 17b, 343 and 345 bus services all serve St Just, as well as the popular Penwith Explorer open-top service, which runs along the spectacular B3306 coast road from St Ives between May and September. The nearest mainline train station is Penzance. See www.cornwallpublictransport.info for the latest information.
The St Just Area has kits if year-round dog-friendly beaches, including Cape Cornwall, Progo, Porthnaven and Portheras Cove. Inland, keep dogs on leads on farmland with grazing animals.
There's a large free car park in St Just, a pay car park in Pendeen, and a National Trust car park at Cape Cornwall.
By the car parks in St Just, Pendeen and Cape Cornwall
Eating & drinking
St Just has lots of good cafés and pubs. On Market Square, Kegen Teg is a lovely café serving delicious wholesome food. The Cook Book on Cape Cornwall Street serves cream teas, scrumptious cakes and light lunches, and has a fascinating second-hand bookshop upstairs. The 14th century King’s Arms Inn is an atmospheric spot for a drink or a meal, while in Pendeen, the North and Radjel Inns are also worthy of a visit. The café at Geevor has a stunning view, and can be used without paying the site admission fee
Watch Croft, Lafrowda Common, Ding Dong and Kenidjack Head have panoramic views across the Area (but can be quite windy!), or find a sheltered spot along the
spectacular coast path. For a local picnic provider, try http://www.purelycornish.co.uk/