The National Trust says…
“The St Just coast boasts spectacular cliffs which lead from turbulent Atlantic seas, to a flat plateau of granite, capped by small agricultural fields. Here, since the Bronze Age, tin has been pulled and pushed out of the earth.
In the 19th century, deep shaft mining produced mining booms which had a lasting effect on the character of the Cornish people and their landscape. Now designated part of a World Heritage Site, the St Just coast exhibits many relics of this once thriving industry.
This disturbed landscape of curious contrasts, has the air of a frontier township. Stark buildings sit sombre and eerie in the fog, or bright and hard in clear weather, with distant views of the Isles of Scilly and busy shipping lanes around Land’s End.
A mosaic of rocky coastal habitats are home to the returning chough – Cornwall’s iconic national emblem.”
There are a couple of marked pathways up to the top, one easy and one steeper. Breathtaking views meet you from every side. We found a group of artists at the top, one can see why they would be inspired by the raw natural beauty.
Next to the Cape is Priest’s Cove, an ideal spot for picnicing, paddling and rockpooling. This small fishing cove is sheltered and there’s a handful of iconic brightly coloured painted Cornish fishing boats.