Walking

Explore on Foot

 

The Tin Coast is ideally suited for walking. It has a fabulous network of footpaths and long distance trails, along this spectacular stretch of coastline (South West Coast Path) and through the patchwork of ancient small farm fields surrounded by Cornish hedges, along fascinating archaeology, iconic mine buildings, where you will see exceptional flora, birdlife, marine and other wildlife.

The Tinners Way is an ancient 18 mile (29km) trail from St Just to St Ives. The walk takes in everything that is quintessentially West Penwith, starting on the rugged north coast and heading inland across high moor which has traces of human settlement dating back to prehistoric times. Along the way there are in the region of 20 ancient sites including stone circles, quoits and menhirs.

Walking with Dogs

The Tin Coast area is very popular with dog walkers. Most people and places welcome your dog, and trust you are a responsible dog owner, and your dog is kept under control. Please ‘pick up’ after your dog, keep your dog on a lead in fields with livestock, and follow the country code (see Kennel Club).

Please note that dogs are not allowed on: beaches with a (seasonal) dog ban, such as Sennen Cove (please check in advance); and slipways, such as at Cape Cornwall (due to fish being landed here). For further information – see Cornwall dog-friendly beaches

Maps and Guides

There is a range of maps and booklets available, including:

  • Ordnance Survey Map OS Explorer map 102 is the perfect map for discovering the most extreme south westerly point in Britain, from Penzance to St Ives (includes mobile download)
  • A handy little plastified map titles “Around and About St Just, Pendeen and Cape Cornwall”, by Yellow Walk Maps
  • National Trust’s “Five circular walks on the Tin Coast”, which highlights the history, archaeology, and local wildlife (available for a couple of pounds from local outlets inc Cape Cornwall car park, Bottallack Count House, and Levant Mine)
  • Nine Walks around  St Just & St Ives, Landscape, Wildlife & Industrial Heritage, by Robin Bates & Bill Scolding, 2005

A selection of maps and walking guides are available from:

  • The news agent in St Just
  • Cape Cornwall, Count House at Botallack and Levant (National Trust)
  • Geevor Tin Mine in Pendeen
  • The Old Boat House at Sennen Cove
  • The Tourist Information Centre in Penzance

For further info:

Walking:

  • South West Coast Path
  • West Cornwall Footpaths Association

Archaeology:

History:

  • Parish Records – Family History Cornwall – OPC Website
  • Old Cornwall Society website
  • Pevsner Cornwall Architectural Guide
  • Cornwall World Heritage Website

Local places:

  •  Sennen Cove Website
  • The St Just Guide
  • Outreach – Free Pendeen News

Transport:

  • Cyclists/Motorcyclists Websites
  • Transport Link Guides

Events:

  • What’s On Cornwall

Local tourguides: TBA names