Walking along the pristine coastline is one of the main attractions of this region. There are many pretty coves, and one that is known as Priest’s Cove is recorded as having been in use since medieval times. Today it is used by a few fishermen and for the annual swimming races. Other nearby beaches and coves include Kenidjack, Gwynver Beach, Sennen Cove, Nanjizal, Portheras Cove, Porthgwarra and Porthcurno.
The Tin Coast is a stretch of West Penwith coastline between Pendeen and St. Just. Part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, mining took place here for over 2000 years. The region has been forever changed by its industrial past, scattered with ruined engine houses and chimneys.
The three National Trust hubs on the Tin Coast are Botallack, Cape Cornwall and Levant Mine and Beam Engine. These sites contain the best concentration of combined tin and arsenic processing sites in the world, as well as the only working beam engine still in its original site. These places make great bases to explore the Tin Coast from.
If you are interested in the scatterings of other archeological sites, there was once a Bronze Age burial site here, beside an earlier Iron Age hill fort. Around the 4th century AD, it was the site of one of the first Christian chapels in West Cornwall, St Helen’s Oratory. The site is now occupied by a ruined farm building. It has been used since the Roman times, and here was found an ancient Chi-Rho cross.
The club is situated in the middle of one of the best-known costal walks in the UK. From the Cape if you turn left, you can walk to Sennen Cove, in approximately 2 hours, and if you turn right, you can walk towards Pendeen lighthouse, or further afield to Gurnards head, or even St. Ives.
There is a network of pretty coastal and bridal paths in and around the lands of the National Trust for some fantastic walks. Fancy going for a ride instead? There riding tours in nearby St Ives.
If you’d prefer to stick to two legs, the popular St Just walk takes you in a circle through the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and gives you a real insight into what makes the St Just area so special. You’ll go right past the historical and industrial sites set in coastal heathland and wild flowers. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of basking sharks. Please take care to heed the warning signs and stay clear of the thousands of mineshafts that lay hidden; if you want to explore off the beaten track, please play it safe and keep a lookout!
If you are interested in Poldark filming locations like the Botallack mine, only a half a mile walk from the Club towards St Ives is the Crowns where the famous television series was filmed.
Here are the top 3 walks we recommend for enthusiastic walkers staying with us for a few days.
This is simply one of the most beautiful walks, passing Porthcurno. We would advise walking one way, and taking a bus back from Lands End to St Just as it is a tough walk. The path is uneven and steep in parts but this invariably reveals hidden, excluded coves of shear, yet smooth Cornish granite giving way to brilliant, white sandy beaches. The landscape changes as you head to the mainland’s most westerly point, with less sandy coves and jagged cliffs that lead the eye to hidden arches and caves that are only accessed by tiny streams and rapids that carve their way to the beach. It is a challenging but rewarding hike and until you near Lands End it is a largely quiet and unpopulated stretch. Finishing up at one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks, you’ll be treated to a host of cafes and plenty of areas to sit and take in the far end of England, and your legs will most likely need it!
1.Lamorna – Lands End: 10 miles
Sennen – Pendeen Lighthouse: 9 miles
The walk from Sennen Cove to Pendeen is also a tough one, mostly due to the variable terrain. Starting on the sandy beaches of Sennen and Gwenver, soon the path becomes rockier as you head up and climb around the headlands towards Cape Cornwall. This is one of the most remote stretches of the path, with rugged landscapes. Wave battered cliffs and an abundance of wildlife that take shelter from the exposed coastline make it a dramatic and wild walk. Much of the beauty lies in the varied views of the coastline. After the Cape Cornwall landscape that will inspire any Poldark enthusiast, you enter the heart of the Cornish mining history. The mines of Levant, Geevor and the beautiful Botallack line the cliffs as the coast gently bends to become north facing. This walk finishes at the isolated and remote Pendeen Lighthouse, a suitably dramatic finish to a wild and challenging walk.
Gwithian – Portreath: 7.5 miles
This has some of the best scenery on a relatively easy and accessible walk. There is a bus route that runs near to Gwithian beach that joins with Godrevy and Hayle and stretches for miles into the bay of St Ives. From the Café in the National Trust car park, it’s a short climb up to the top of the cliffs that lead to a relatively flat and well-trodden path all the way along the Heritage Coast. You will see an abundance of your typical coastal wildlife. Seals take shelter from the strong Atlantic swells at the base of the cliffs and various species of sea birds glide in the wind. Only a short walk, it’s easily accessible at both ends and with refreshments along the way. The road runs parallel to the path for much of the way, which makes this stretch one of the easier sections of the entire coastal path.
The town of St Just has a number of art galleries and is the home of the famous Cornish artist Kurt Jackson. https://www.kurtjackson.com/ There are other galleries too, such as The Bank Square Gallery and The Windswept Gallery.
We recommend these top 3 attractions for a fun and educational day out.
The Minack open air theatre is a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. It is a wonderful setting to experience plays, musicals and opera every summer, together with music, comedy and story-telling events. The Minack is also open to visit if no performance is taking place.
The Geevor Tin Mine and museum is a great attraction for children and families, as well as the National Trust’s Levant Mine and Beam engine. If you are looking for an educational day out with the kids, or if you are interested in the history of the Tin Coast, then we certainly recommend both these attractions.
The town of St Just has a number of art galleries and is the home of the famous Cornish artist Kurt Jackson. There are other galleries too, such as The Bank Square Gallery and The Windswept Gallery.
- There are riding tours at St Ives Riding School. You can call them on 01736 796297
- Smart Surf School at The Blue Lagoon Fish Bar in Sennen Cove. You can call them on 01736 871817
- Sennen Surfing Centre is a surf shop in Sennen Cove that also give surfing lessons. You can call them on 01736 871227
- Mermaid Fishing Tackle Penzance is a fishing store at The Old Smithy Ross Bridge, Wharf Road, Penzance. They take people out on fishing trips. You can call them on 07901 731201
- Bluefin St Ives Fishing Trips is a boat tour agency in St Ives on Wharf Road. You can call them on 07747 493101