Walking

Walking trail

St Just Coastal walk

Walking trail

This circular walk lies within the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and gives you a real insight into what makes the St Just area so special. It takes you past historical and industrial sites set in coastal heathland with their rare wild flowers, where you can hear the distinctive ‘cheow’ of passing choughs or catch a glimpse of basking sharks.

Friendly cattle grazing coastal fields, Cape Cornwall

Map

Map route for St Just coastal walk

Start:

Car park beside Botallack Count House workshop, grid ref SW365332

1

Start at the Botallack Count House workshop, where there's information about local mining and natural history. The Workshop is open 10am until 4pm, all year round. From the Count House, turn right along the track.

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2

Just past the headgear on the right, turn left by the Coast Path sign following the path through the tin dressing floor and past the chimney. Continue past West Wheal Owles and Wheal Edward engine houses.

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3

Following the Coast Path turn right, way-marked to Cape Cornwall and out to Kenidjack headland. Here, you can explore the Iron Age cliff castle to the north of the rifle butts.

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4

From the rifle butts, the Coast Path leads down the hillside. Go over the stile where a way-mark states 'mine shaft, danger of death'. Turn left onto the old quarry track, then take the path on the right which runs diagonally down the valley side.

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5

Follow the track inland, and past the Kenidjack arsenic works with its tall chimney, on the other side of the stream. At the National Trust sign for Kenidjack, turn right again and continue on to Kenidjack hamlet.

6

Where the rough track ends and the metalled road starts, turn left and go up through the hamlet to a stone stile straight ahead. Beyond this, cross the field to another stile, and follow a narrow track between hedges.

7

To the left of the house straight ahead is Wheal Owles, a ruined engine house. Take the track beside the engine house on its right, cross the stile and head through the fields toward the coast. Cross the next stile back to the track above Wheal Edward.

8

At the junction, turn right along this ancient trackway with partial remains of the original cobbles. Turn left at the junction, which will lead back to the Counthouse track which will be clearly visible in front of you.

End:

Car park beside Botallack Count House workshop, grid ref SW365332

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St Just Coastal walk

Terrain

Clifftops and farmland. Some slopes and stiles. Parts of the coastal walk include steps, stiles, fairly steep descents and stony cliff top paths. Dogs welcome, but please keep on leads through farmland and where cattle graze.

St Just Coastal walk

Contact us

St Just Coastal walk

How to get here

Address
St Just, West Cornwall TR19 7QQ
By road

Take B3306 from St Ives or St Just to Botallack, take either turn into village and where the two roads meet, take track out to coast. Parking in area just beyond the ruins near the Count House. 

By foot

The Count House is just off the Coast Path at Botallack

By bicycle

Take B3306 from St Ives or St Just to Botallack, take either turn into village and where the two roads meet, take track out to coast. Parking in area just beyond the ruins near the Count House. Bike stand outside the Count House.

 
St Just Coastal walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome