Capeway, St Just.
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Capeway is situated just a 10 minute walk from the centre of St Just, a vibrant village offering a variety of shops including a small supermarket (open 8am to 9pm), butcher, baker, greengrocers, DIY/pet shop and a number of galleries and gift shops. There are also four real ale pubs (3 serving food), fish and chip shop, pizza take away, chinese take away and a couple of cafes.
The St Just area offers a variety of interesting places to visit both on foot and by car.
For example, a circular walk from Capeway along Carn Gloose Road takes you towards the coast, down a footpath to Cape Cornwall and back up Cape Cornwall Road (about 2 miles and taking about an hour) takes you past open farmland, lovely Devon Red cattle, the Ballowall Barrow ancient monument, mine ruins and chimney, wonderful sea views and the golf course. Along the way, you will find many inviting paths leading across the cliffs to the Cot Valley with its interesting geological strata, Priests Cove with its small number of working fishing boats where you can swim on a calm day, Cape Cornwall with its panoramic views, striking chimney and Coastal watch station, St. Helens Oratory and Porth Ledden. You may find it takes you far longer than an hour!
A longer walk in the opposite direction may lead you across fields to Kenidjack Castle or cliff top mines at Botallack (now part of a World Heritage Centre) or inland across the moors to the ancient stone circles at Tregeseal. The South West Coastal Path offers wonderful coastal views and many holiday makers access different parts by making use of the open top bus which runs from Penzance to St Ives via many coastal villages including Lands End, St Just, and Zennor.
Further afield (within 5 miles), there are a variety of beaches, though dog restrictions do apply for some for parts of the year. Gwynver (dog friendly all year) and Sennen are popular surfing beaches and have RNLI life guards in attendance during the summer months. Porthcurno is also very popular, with toilets, cafe and large car park. There are a number of quieter beaches off the beaten track, some of which may be a bit difficult to access. Our favourites are; Nanjizel, Portheras and Pednvouder (dog friendly all year, fairly long walk) and Porth Chapel. There are directions in the information pack at the cottage.
For a longer day out, the town of St Ives (12 miles) with its narrow streets and quaint shops is worth exploring and there are also National Trust properties at St Michael’s Mount, Tregwainton Garden and Godolphin.