With its magnificent coastline there is no better way to explore the Tin Coast than to walk along the South West Coast Path, whether you enjoy a stroll through beautiful nature, local history, or as part of the full 630-mile challenge. The Path was originally created by coastguards, patrolling the south west peninsula looking out for smugglers, and it was also used by fishermen looking for shoals of fish and checking the sea conditions.
The path is a mixture of easy open walking along the high cliff tops and short, rough ascents and descents. There are spectacular views as you look out to the Atlantic crashing on the rocks below. It is well signed in both directions. On this website you find more info on walking, maps, and further reading resources.
Along this path, you will find: Pendeen Watch Light House, Levant, Geevor Tin Mine, Botallack Count House and Crown Mines, taking in part of Cornwall’s oldest mining district, and leading around Cape Cornwall where the Atlantic currents split.
Cape Cornwall marks the spot where the Atlantic currents divide. The distinctive headland is part of the Tin Coast and Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The Brisons Rocks have caused many shipwrecks in their time, and are an important breeding ground for seabirds. Priest Cove has been a landing place for local fisherman for centuries and continues to be so to this day. Cape Cornwall has a National Trust car park and has a small outdoor cafe.
Coastwatch hut at Cape Cornwall
The path to the watch station is very uneven and is not suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with restricted mobility. Access to the station is via a series of steps up to the watch. We have a bench installed just outside the watch so you will be able to catch your breath before coming in to see us – you will be made most welcome.
Visitors are always most welcome at the lookout. However, if there is an incident in progress, you may be requested to visit at another time. There is a steep climb up to the lookout at the top of Cape Cornwall
From Cape Cornwall to Pendeen is an inhospitable shore on which many ships have come to grief. Trinity House became increasingly concerned and erected a lighthouse and fog signal at Pendeen in 1900. It was automated in 1995, and is now controlled from Trinity House’s Centre in Harwich, Essex. The fog horn stopped ‘horning’ only a few years ago.