The granite cliff top town of St Just is set in stunning rural and costal scenery and is an Industrial Heritage Site with many romantic relics of its tin mining past. St Just was mentioned in the Doomsday book and the church was established in AD 596. The history and archaeology of St Just can be traced back to Neolithic times. Bollowal barrow on the town’s outskirts is a local Neolithic burial chamber and nearby Brane has a type of Neolithic entrance grave found only in the far west of Cornwall or Scilly Isles.
Cape Cornwall, England’s only cape, being the meeting place of St George’s and English channels is a short walk from the town. On its south aspect Priest’s Cove beach has a wealth of rock pools, granite outcrops and a slipway used by a handful of fishermen and the annual Brisons to the Cape swim. This one mile swim starts at the Brisons a two humped island which provides a haven for grey seals and roosting sea birds. In addition to mackerel, sea bass, and sole, sun fish, dolphins and basking sharks are regularly seen around our coast. Cape Cornwall is also the home to a links golf course, restaurant, heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Costal footpaths from Cape Cornwall can be taken to St Ives to the north and Sennen to the south.
St Just has a week long summer festival, Lafrowda, and an autumn weekend of celebrations for the feats of St Just. The ancient Plain-an-Gwarry, “playing place”, is an outdoor venue for plays and gigs throughout the summer.
4 miles south of Cape Cornwall lies the beautiful Whitesands bay in Sennen cove. Sennen has a surf school, beachside restaurants, a pub and shops and is must for surfers, anglers, sea bathers, sand-castle builders and canoeists. Further along the coast past lies Porthcurno home to the Telegraph Museum and the amazing award winning Minack open air theatre.
Under ten miles east of St Just are two large towns. Penzance with a sea and air link to the Isles of Scilly, train and bus links across Cornwall to The Eden project and beyond also has shops, galleries, museums, fine dining and boat hire. Penzance has a seaside promenade with spectacular views across Mounts and the castle on St Michael’s Mount. St Ives provides wide sandy beaches, boat trips, sophisticated shopping and dining, galleries including the Tate, Leach studio pottery and exhibition and the Barbara Hepworth museum and sculpture garden. .
There are flights into Newquay from many UK cities and a rail or road link to Penzance in the west. Whether you come in the spring to enjoy the beautiful wild flowers, or the arrival of the migrant birds, high summer for a bucket and spade holiday, or to be exhilarated by the dramatic seas in the autumn and winter and the incredible star filled night skies the far west Cornwall will captivate you.