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Startlingly beautiful coastline where rugged cliffs rise above a glittering Atlantic

The 14-mile stretch of coast that runs westwards from the holiday resort of St Ives to the mining village of Pendeen, can lay proud claim to being the most startlingly beautiful in south-west England.

Between the road and the 300ft high cliff lies the wave-sculptured plateau that was once submerged beneath an ancient sea. Here the classic pattern of Penwith farming, based on original prehistoric radial field systems, is clearly revealed.

Above, the moors of West Penwith reveal their lonely summits crowned with rocky tors. Flower-filled paths lead to heather clad slopes and ancient remnants reveal a distant past. The atmosphere is one of wilderness, and the experience is one of discovery.

Bosigran walk

Head through an ancient landscape steeped in mining history on this 3 mile (5km) with far-reaching coastal and moorland views. You may spot a kestrel up above too.

Zennor Head walk

This 1 mile (1.6km) walk encompasses beautiful coastal scenery, mining, and the Peninsula's flora and fauna.

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