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A spectacular landscape of curious contrasts

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.

St Just Coastal walk

This 3.5 mile (5.6km) walk has it all: a rich industrial heritage, rare coastal heathland wild flowers and beautiful views of the Cornish coastline.

Botallack walk

This gentler 1 mile (1.6km) walk takes you through historical and industrial sites set in coastal heathland. Listen out for the 'cheoow' sound of the rare chough

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