Step into mining history, in the westernmost town in England. St Just dates back to the Bronze Age and is both a jem for those with a love of history, and those looking to escape it all for a few days into the 'real' rural Cornwall. A St Just holiday also offers a rich artisan community with a little something appealing to anyone who finds themselves amongst the charming granite streets.
St Just sits amongst the many historical villages of Cornwall, appealing to anyone with an interest in the fascinating history of West Cornwall. So many are the ruins from its past mining history, it is almost impossible not to stumble upon former sites whilst enjoying any outdoor activity or staying in any of St Just's self catering cottages.
Surfing, cycling, horseback riding, golfing, shore fishing, hiring a fishing boat, or taking a scenic flight are all popular pastimes in this coastal community. Trek to the top of Bartinney Hill and take in views of St Michaels Mount, Mounts Bay, the Isles of Scilly, Lands End, Pendeen, and the moors toward St Ives with dolphins bobbing into and out of the ocean waters below. Those seeking the simple ebb and flow of a beachside environment head to the rocky shores of Cot Valley Beach with its two small beaches, Progo Beach for quiet solitude amongst sand and smaller rocks which is popular amongst sun bathers, and Priests Cove which is best suited for fishing.
Two town squares are an inviting way to shop for items made by local artists in many galleries. A tourist information centre is helpful when finding areas in the village. Area restaurants feature fresh catches of seafood and boast of pubs dating back to the 13th century. Yearly festivities are well known in this particular area of Cornwall, including the weeklong Lafrowda Festival.
St Just’s history dates back to the Bronze Age with evidence of burial tombs outside of town which consist of an entrance grave and several burial chambers. 13th century St Just-in-Roseland is a beautiful structure with gardens of camellias and rhododendrons, as well as tropical plants. One of two surviving medieval amphitheaters or plain-an-gwarries is located in the center of St Just. Recent history is evident a few minutes outside of St Just. Levant Mine & Beam Engine overlooks the waters of the ocean where the engine house is said to have been in existence since the Elizabethan period through the early part of the 1900’s.
Other fine examples of the areas mining history exist between St Just and Penzance where ruins from the Bronze Age like Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Men-an-Tol and Lanyon Quiot, Ding Dong Mines, and Cape Cornwell with its original chimney stack can be found in the area. Walk through another centuries old mine in Greevor Tin Mine’s tunnels also located outside of St Just and learn about the areas mineral trade.
St Just receives the majority of its rain during the winter months when fronts move east across the Atlantic however the area receives less rain than other areas of the UK further north. Higher wind speed is to be expected between the months of December to February. Temperatures are typically moderate year round without frost or snow.
Newquay (NQY) is the closest airport to St Just accommodation, and is about an hour’s drive from the village. It is strongly advised that you take a car or hire car whilst staying in a self catering St Just holiday cottage, so that you can fully explore the whole area.