Saint Just-in-Penwith Travel Guide

  • Saint Just-in-Penwith
    by MalenaN
  • Saint Just-in-Penwith
    by MalenaN
  • Saint Just-in-Penwith
    by MalenaN

Saint Just-in-Penwith Things to Do

  • Have a wander round....

    ...and look at the architecture.The church porch is an excellent example of Medieval twiddliness.Don't miss the little house right next to the churchyard. It is clearly very old indeed, almost certainly dating from the early 1300s.The Kings Arm pub also dates from that time.Look at the rows of terraced granite cottages built for the workers during...

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  • Plain-an-gwarry

    Make sure you have a look at this place, because it's one of the best examples left of an uniquely Cornish custom.These 'playing-places' were created in Medieval times for the performance of Mystery plays, Miracle plays, meetings, sports and so on and so forth. They consist of a wide open space surrounded by banks, on which the audience could sit...

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  • St Just church

    This is a fascinating church, dating from the 1300s and set on a very ancient holy site from almost a millennium earlier.It i the only church I have seen where the interior plasterwork has been removed (in Victorian times) and the bare stones pointed with a mixture of pitch and mortar. The intention was to reflect the rugged, rocky local landscape...

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  • Outdoor Theatre, Beach,...

    Long title? - yes and quite a long way too -either a car or change buses in Penzance. The outdoor theatre is the Minack. I've not been to a show there but its reputation is phenomenal and its setting, which I do know, leaves nothing to be desired.The beach is Porthcurno - lovely hard white sand and fine land/seascapes.The telecommunications museum...

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  • Round barrow with a view

    I was told this was Bollawal but it seems that 'o's and 'a's are pretty well interchangeable. It's near Carn Gloose [alternative spelling - Carn Gluze.] The distance from St Just is easily walkable but there's a car road if you prefer.

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  • A great headland

    To me Cape Cornwall is one of England's great coastal points. I've never seen the Scilly Isles from it but you can when the view is clear enough.Just out from the Cape are two large rocks called the Brissons [rhyming with prisons.] The area is owned by the National Trust and there is adequate parking - off-season at least.

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  • St Levan Church

    Yes, another church - and I'm not even religious! This one is granite, like all the others in the area, but it has some interesting features.The font dates from about 1100 and there are some spectacular pew end carvings. Outside the coffin rest in the north entrance is shaped - most being rectangular. Then there's St Levan's Stone. In early times...

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  • Carn Euny

    This may take a bit of finding but it's worth the effort. It's an iron age settlement and it's delightfully peaceful. The sites of the ancient dwellings are very clear but THE thing that makes Carn Euny is the excellent fogue [underground passage.] There are exotic ideas about its use but I'm afraid the most likely is very prosaic - storage.Our...

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  • Zennor - church and headland.

    Zennor is a very small village between St Just in Penwith and St Ives. Three things appeal:1. The Tinners Arms - this will get a separate restaurant tip2. Zennor Head - one of many fine headlands along the south-western coast path3. Zennor Church - where some of the features are an ancient font, the 'mermaid' bench and a squint; i.e. a diagonal...

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  • St Buryan

    To visit St Buryan from St Just really calls for a car, although probably careful study of bus timetables might provide an alternative.I would be a long and not particularly interesting walk - although one myth has it that Saints Buryan and Just used to hurl rocks at each other!The main feature of the church to distinguish it form others in the...

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  • Botallack - mining remains and coastal...

    You could well start at the same place as on my 'favourite valley' tip and keep up high to the right of the valley. This will take you to the coastal path and you simply follow this as far as you want but at least to the mining remains at Botallack. Also see the excellent display of local photographs in the old count house.

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  • A favourite valley

    Leave St Just on the Zennor and ST Ives road and take the first left after leaving the town opposite to the hamlet of Nancherrow. Continue from the end of the car road, taking the lower track to the right of the stream until you reach the sea.On your way back take the marked track going steeply to the right. You might want to turn left at the top...

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Restaurants

  • A short stop at a café in St Just

    When I arrived to St Just after a long walk from Gurnard’s Head there was still some time left until the next bus for Penzance was leaving. I decided to go into a café by the town square and have something to eat before I went to the bus stop. I had a carrot cake which was £2.80 (April 2014).

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  • Ancient building, good beer

    The Kings Arms dates from the 1300s and is a lovely old pub, with low ceilings and stone floors, blackened beams an real fires.I didn't eat here, but the Italian family who'd arrived earlier had and they certainly seemed pleased with their meal.I just had half of Doom beer (excellent) and a packet of Salty Dog crisps (also excellent) and enjoyed...

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  • Pub with unusual soups

    No, of course it doesn't ONLY do soup. It's just that soup and a roll or slice of good bread is something that quite often satisfies our needs at lunch time.Unusual? Well, you don't often find spiced spinach and coconut in a pub, do you? There are coats of arms in bright colours all around the bar. The barman said he'd no idea of whose they were -...

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  • Pub with great food

    I expect it's OK in summer but out of season it's a real delight to go in and find a large log fire burning at each end of a long bar.They only prepare meals to order so you may be waiting a bit but it's worth it. Actually we only wanted soup and a roll but their lentil soup was delicious - served with granary bread and a roll.

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  • Expensive but worth it

    The views from here over the beach and the coast are sufficient to justify the wait while your food is cooked to order.Three of us ate here and tried varying foods; all were really good. It's the evening menu that is expensive although even the price of the very good coffee is at any time comparable with motorways [if a lot better value!] Lunches...

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  • Families would enjoy this restaurant

    This is one of the several restaurants in the area where you practically eat with your hands. It's great for children and the tables are usually long wooden ones with pews or long benches and the buildings that house the restaurants are mostly old chapels or other unusual places. The Trewellard Meadery is in an old chapel and the service is...

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Transportation

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    by MalenaN Written Apr 21, 2014

    I came to the bus station in St Just well in time for the bus leaving for Penzance at 17.17. The bus never arrived and it turned out it had broken down. The next bus was leaving at 18.02 and was almost 10 minutes late. It was freezing cold and windy at the bus station and I'm glad that I had both mittens and hat to put on while waiting.

    From St Just to Penzance it takes around 20 minutes by bus. I never wrote down the price of the ticket but I think it was £4 (April 2014). I saw on the map of the bus route that there was a stop near Alverton Street where it was better for me to go off. It was closer to my hostel than the bus station was.

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Warnings and Dangers

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    by davidcross Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Numerous Cornish beaches ban dogs between Easter and October so, if you plan to bring a dog down here, you would do well to study the web site below.

    I believe it is rare to find the ban in place before Easter but at Mousehole they were clearly banned at all times.

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Tourist Traps

  • Mousehole

    This is, as it's reputed to be, a small and intensely picturesque harbour. However even in early March the quaintness of the village attracted more traffic than it can reasonably take and in the main season it must surely be dreadful.As a dog owner I don't want to know about a place that bans them at all times [which does not prevent me from...

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  • Land's End Landmark Centre

    This might be just what you are looking for - or you may agree with me that it spoils beautiful scenery. The website is honest enough so you can make up your own mind.http://www.landsend-landmark.co.uk/ Spend as high a proportion of the time as possible admiring the cliff scenery. Cape Cornwall, much nearer to St Just does not have the problem of...

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Sports & Outdoors

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    by Vea Written Jul 31, 2006

    The first and last 18 hole golf course in Britain with spectacular views overlooking the only Cape in England with rugged North Cornwall Coast.
    This ss68, par 70 course has spectacular views overlooking the ocean and is surrounded by iron and bronze age settlements and old mine workings.
    Designed in 1990 by Bob Hamilton, who has also helped design courses in Scotland and Singapore, it is a truly natural course, and very well drained to the extent that there is never a need for winter greens.
    The course is a challenge for the club golfer and low handicap golfer alike. Hazards includes lies on existing undulating land, dry stone walls — some of which cross fairways — and bunkers.

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Favorites

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    by Geoff_Wright Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Land's End lies at the extreme western end of Cornwall, at the end of the main A 30 road. The coastal scenery here is spectacular and this in itself is a 'Tourist Trap' in the nicest sense of the meaning. However, the whole area has been rather spoilt by trashy development of what I would call a semi-themepark, which is not in keeping with the beauty of the spectatular beauty of the place!
    I first new of Land's End's beauty in the early 1960's when I cycled there from my home in Surrey at the age of 15. At that time there was an hotel, and the famous 'First and Last House', which was a small gift shop and cafe. Today, there is a large childrens' play area, lots of gift shops, and a huge car park on the cliff-top, which, the last time I visited, they wanted an extortionate amount of money from you to use. We just turned around and drove straight out! Having said this, it would be a pity if the one-time visitor failed to see this unique part of Cornwall. Just refuse to be ripped off by the giftshops!

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory has to be of what it used to be like in the 1960's. Just an hotel and the First And Last House.

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