Mining on the edge of the earth
- Cost: No entry fees required for attractions
Download our ‘Geevor to Levant’ audio trail and explore the mining landscape around Geevor, before heading down to the sea and following the coast to Levant Mine. These two mines are amongst a group of mines along the St Just coast, which form the greatest concentration of submarine tin and copper mines in the world.
Find a perfect spot for a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views across the landscape.
After lunch, download ‘Count house and coast’, another of our audio trails, which takes you around Botallack, world famous for its Crowns’ engine houses, arsenic works and nearby mines. It takes in the Count House owned by the National Trust, which has a free exhibition. For opening times please contact the Count House on 01736 786004 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
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/