Discover St Just in Penwith
Situated in Cornwall's far west, St Just in Penwith (to give it its correct name) is a former mining community, less than two miles from Cape Cornwall, where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the granite shoreline. The town is a favourite of artists with several galleries dotted around the square and there's a handfull of pubs to quench the thirst alongside shops and cafe's. The ghosts of the miners haunt the rows of cottages stretching towards the sea and the Miners Chapel still stands over the town, once packed full of 2000 worshipers. Not far away is the 14th century church, tucked away in the corner of the square.
Groups would also gather at the Plen-an-Gwary, an open air performance spot in the centre of the village. At one time you would have found these all over Cornwall, this is now one of the few left, and probably the best preserved.
Walkers will love the South West Coast Path in this area as it passes through some of the toughest and wildest stretches along the whole of the path. Whichever way you go you won't be dissapointed, but you might be happy to get the bus back!
Just south of St Just, along the coast road to Land's End, is Land's End airport where planes fly to the Isles of Scilly weather permitting.
In the summer an open top bus runs from Penzance to St Ives via St Just, quite possibly the most specatcular route in the south west?
Take the road towards St Ives and visit the World Heritage mining sites at Botallack, Levant and Geevor, where guides take you deep underground.
Explore inland and step back in time to the Bronze Age and beyond. The quoits at Lanyon, Zennor, Chun and Mulfra are believed to be burial sites dating back 6000 years.
Sit out at Ballowall Barrow and watch the sun go down over the Atlantic.
Walk down to Cape Cornwall where the headland provides stunning views out to the Brisons, two rocky islands known locally as 'De Gaulle in his bath'! Brave souls might fancy a dip in the sea pool down on the beach, or battle against the elements with a round of golf at Cape Cornwall Golf Club.
You might feel like you are at the end of the world, but there's plenty to do around St Just.