Saint Just-in-Penwith Travel Guide

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Things to Do

  • Geevor Tin Mine

    The coastline from Land’s End to St. Ives is undeniably picturesque in a rugged sort of way. Even the remains of the old mining engine houses add a certain sort of appeal and atmosphere to the landscape, but it has to be said that Geevor doesn’t quite fit into this idyll - but don’t pass on this tip just yet because, in my view, it’s a much better...

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  • Pendeen Lighthouse

    Although Pendeen Lighthouse, or Pendeen Watch as it’s also called, isn’t open to the general public it’s still worth taking the short detour down the lane from Pendeen village. There’s plenty of space for parking, not that you need it because it’s not usually overrun with people.The headland that the lighthouse is built on had to be levelled off...

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  • Botallack

    I don’t suppose many mines could be called picturesque but I reckon Botallack could be an exception, or to be more precise the engine houses at the Crowns Mine at Botallack.It’s the location of course that makes it so photogenic. Perched as they are below the cliffs, they really couldn’t be any closer to the sea.Botallack is situated between St....

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  • Porth Nanven

    Less than a mile from the centre of St. Just is the small beach of Porth Nanven, or Cot Valley Beach as it’s also known.To be honest it’s not all that well signposted which is why not too many tourists come down here. It’s almost as though the locals prefer it that way, although I have to admit that it was a local who told me about it in the first...

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  • Levant Mine

    A couple of miles along the B3306 out of St. Just travelling towards St. Ives will bring you to Trewellard, where a signpost on the left will direct you down to the Levant mine.The first thing that you’ll probably notice when you get here is how close it is to the cliff edge, and the reason for it is that the mineral lodes are exposed in the Levant...

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  • Cape Cornwall Coastwatch Station

    If you make it to Cape Cornwall don’t miss the Coastwatch Lookout Station. It’s free to go in and you’ll be made very welcome.Originally a fully operational coastguard station, it finally closed in 1981, but with the help of volunteers it re-opened as a coastwatch in 1996.Just in case you were wondering what the difference is between the two, quite...

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  • Cape Cornwall

    Just over a mile from the centre of St. Just is Cape CornwallThis headland and short section of coastline is cared for by the National Trust and is a good example of how this spectacular coastline should be looked after. A decent sized car park gives easy access to the cape but obviously walking up to the top will mean a certain amount of mobility....

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  • 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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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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    The King's Arms: Friendly pub with character

    by EasyMalc Written Feb 6, 2015

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    I’ve not been in the King’s Arms before so I’m not familiar with its recent history, but when you go into a strange pub and the staff don’t treat you as strangers, then that’s more than good enough for me.
    Its website claims that it’s a 14th cent inn - and it may well be - as it’s situated right next to the parish church which has medieval origins. Whichever way you look at it though it’s an old building with character -
    We were here on a cold winter’s afternoon and it had a real coal fire blazing away, and to be honest I reckon we could have stayed here all afternoon if it wasn’t for the fact that we had to move on.
    We didn’t have anything to eat but I really liked this pub. There’s nothing pretentious about it - it’s just a good honest pub catering for local people - and visitors who like it the same way.
    Yep! If I lived in St. Just then I think I could be in here chatting away supping a pint of ‘Proper Job’ with the rest of the locals pretty often.

    Dress Code: As you are

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Saint Just-in-Penwith Transportation

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    From St Just to Penzance

    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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    Dog phobia

    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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    Cape Cornwall Golf Club

    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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    Enjoy the coastal walks

    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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