Few towns have retained
their character in this century as St Just, the first and last town in
Once it was the
mining centre of the peninsula and disused engine houses predominate
the landscape. In the centre of the town is Plain-an- Gwarry, a theatre
used for miracle plays in medieval times.
The fifteenth century
church includes part of the 1336 building and a three foot high pillar,
the Selus Stone, with a Roman inscription and a Greek monogram in the
north aisle was found 150 years ago.
St Just’s history
is typical of the whole area, rich in mining, farming and fishing from
remote times. Everywhere can be seen monuments of this, often amid the
moorland, heather and gorse. Carn Kenidjack - the Hooting Carn - the
cliffs of Carn Gloose, and a path to Cot Valley, as well as the lovely
valley of Nanquidno.
The spectacular hump-backed Cape Cornwall, with its 138 year old mine
chimney stack, is the only cape where two oceans meet in England. It
rears 229 feet out of the sea to a summit which offers a 270 degree
view over the Western Approaches……well worth the steep climb. Off shore
lie the Brisons, an underwater reef that has caused many a shipwreck.
Rare plants and birds give the area an extra special appeal today.
See the Crown Mine engine house perched just above the Atlantic, the
upper shaft of which extended 2,000 feet under the sea. "Nanpara" the
farmhouse used in the Poldark series is also to be found at Botallack.
Formerly a major tin producing village, latterly production has ceased
but its history is told at the Geevor Tin Mine Museum. Another popular
attraction is the lighthouse. Walk the Hard Rock Trail through areas
which convey the spirit of Pendeen’s past.
A small village in a wild moorland setting. Spectacular cliff scenery
from this part of the Land’s End to St Ives coastal footpath. The 15th
Century church was used as a beacon for shipping.
A lovely village between St Just and Penzance with an interesting Cornish
church. A good starting point from which to explore the Beacon and ancient
remains of Caer Bran and Carn Euny. Reached via the A30 road from Drift,
where the reservoir offers excellent trout fishing.