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“Wild and rugged, way better than Lands End and nowhere near as crowded”
Review of Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in St Just
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Cape Cornwall is the UK's only Cape and it fulfills it's duty with pride. The coastline here is as rugged as anywhere in the Duchy and for me, knocks spots off Lands End with it's relentless "let's have your money" approach to visitors. The best way to appreciate the area is to walk part of the coastal pathway, and my advice is to walk north towards the amazing old mining area of southwest Cornwall where you'll see many abandoned engine houses high on the cliff tops silhouetted against the sky, and some way down on the rocks, almost in the waves.

The chimney on top of the Cape was that of the old St Just United mine whose workings ran for at least half a mile out beneath the seabed but the entire area is littered with roofless engine houses and old chimneys, real reminders of an industry that Cornwall has now all but waved goodbye to. On a reasonably clear day you can see the Brison Rocks, several hundred yards offshore, often referred to as "Charles de Gaulle in the bath" for obvious reasons.

There is parking at the bottom of the hill that runs out to the Cape from St Just and sometimes a tea shack but don't expect more than this. Cape Cornwall is as Cornwall should be seen, wild, rugged, natural and virtually untouched by human hand.

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Rugged Cornish Coast line bringing suggestions of tales of shipwreck, pirates and fishermen. Near to many of the standing stones that brings this area an ancient celtic atmosphere.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We were lucky enough to stay in accomodation at Cape Cornwall for a week. We visited the Cape four times, and it is a beautiful part of the world. Priests Cove is nice at high tide for looking in rockpools. Cape Cornwall is unspoilt, we visited in rain/wind, sun and and sunset and the seascape was ever changing. The highlight had to be visiting at sunset. The Cape itself is a good area to start a coastal walk either to Botallack or south towards Lands End - past Porth Nanven and Carn Gloose.

1  Thank Rachel J
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

The westernmost point of Great Britain commands really astonishing views.

Being able to see the cliffs and hills and water is pretty amazing, but as you ascend the hill (and there's a choice of the steep or scenic routes upwards) the environs become even more beautiful. The really splendid thing about Cape Cornwall is that it is almost entirely unspoiled.

The sea is a rich azue colour and the sun sparkles on the waves in a way that is really quite breathtaking.

The walk is perhaps not the easiest, as the hill is fairly steep. However, taking the "gentle approach" reveals a vista of not inconsiderable beauty- rocky cliffs standing tall against the waves, acres of green and pleasant land and tiny cottages dotting the landscape.

Definitely worth the drive out (and not at all far from St Just).

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Easily accessible from St Just with good parking. Stunning views and walks showing magnificent cliffs, rocky outcrops and lighthouse.

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