St Just Coastal Walk
Start & Finish: Car park beside Botallack Count House workshop, St Just, West Cornwall TR19 7QQ (Map)
Take a day trip out and visit the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, which gives you a real insight into what makes the St Just area so special. This moderate, 2.5 mile, dog friendly walk takes you past historical and industrial sites set in coastal heathland with their rare wild flowers, where you can hear the distinctive ‘cheow’ of passing choughs or catch a glimpse of basking sharks
- Start at the Botallack Count House workshop, where there’s information about local mining and natural history.
- From the Count House, turn right along the track.
- Just past the headgear on the right, turn left by the Coast Path sign following the path through the tin dressing floor and past the chimney.
- Continue past West Wheal Owles and Wheal Edward engine houses.
- Following the Coast Path turn right, way-marked to Cape Cornwall and out to Kenidjack headland.
- From the rifle butts, the Coast Path leads down the hillside.
- Go over the stile where a way-mark states ‘mine shaft, danger of death.’
- Turn left onto the old quarry track, then take the path on the right which runs diagonally down the valley side.
- Follow the track inland, and past the Kenidjack arsenic works with its tall chimney, on the other side of the stream.
- At the National Trust sign for Kenidjack, turn right again and continue on to Kenidjack hamlet.
- Where the rough track ends and the metalled road starts, turn left and go up through the hamlet to a stone stile straight ahead.
- Cross the field to another stile, and follow a narrow track between hedges.
- To the left of the house straight ahead is Wheal Owles, a ruined engine house.
- Take the track beside the engine house on its right, cross the stile and head through the fields toward the coast.
- Cross the next stile back to the track above Wheal Edward.
- At the junction, turn right along this ancient trackway with partial remains of the original cobbles.
- Turn left at the junction, which will lead back to the Counthouse track which is clearly visible in front of you.
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