After the merriment of Christmas and Boxing Day, it’s time to take a little bit of time to get out and about and blow out the cobwebs. So if you’re in West Cornwall, here’s a coastal walk, with a Warrens stop, recommended by our marketing manager, Louise.
The area of St Just has a rich mining heritage and was a centre for tin and copper mining during the 19th century. On this walk you can expect dramatic coastal scenery, historic mining remains, and the iconic Cape Cornwall Mine chimney, marking its past as a vital mining hub.
Head down the windy roads of West Cornwall to St Just to start your coastal walk. First stop, Warrens Bakery, St Just – Topshop. St Just was where Warrens began, over 160 years ago – so where better to pick up a pasty! Grab yourself some treats for your ramble along the coast path and don’t forget to pick up a pasty – whether you’re sticking to a Traditional Cornish, something festive or a veg packed vegan pasty.
With pasty in hand, start your walk down to Cape Cornwall, one of the county’s iconic headlands. You will be met with awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean, with Cape Cornwall proudly standing in the distance. You won’t miss the chimney stack of the former Cape Cornwall Mine.
Head along the South West Coast Path following their marked out route and be sure to keep an eye out for the following:
Nancherrow Valley and Castle Kenidjack: Often overlooked, the Tregeseal river running through the valley was once a vital power source for tin streams and various workings, featuring numerous waterwheels throughout the centuries.
Castle Kenidjack: An Iron Age promontory fort with triple-banked defences – a glimpse into ancient military architecture.
Botallack’s Mine: This historic mining site is known for its iconic engine houses perched on the cliffs.
Levant Mine: A striking example of Cornish mining heritage and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Geevor Mine: One of the last working mines in Cornwall, playing a pivotal role in the area’s industrial heritage until its closure in 1990.
Pendeen Lighthouse: Built in 1900, stands as a steadfast guardian, providing a prominent beacon for ships navigating the challenging waters.
If you’ve still got it in you to carry on, head inland to Pendeen and enjoy a much a deserved stop at one of their cosy pubs!
Find your way back to Cape Cornwall along the coast path or take the bus onwards to explore St Ives – where you can enjoy another stop at Warren’s Bakery!
When walking the coast path don’t forget to:
Check the weather: Coastal paths can be exposed, so be prepared for changing weather conditions.
Wear appropriate gear: Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and waterproofs are advisable.
Carry essentials: Bring water, snacks, a map, and a charged mobile phone.
Respect the environment: Stay on marked paths, and be mindful of the local flora and fauna.