GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cape Cornwall

4 miles (7 km)

This stunning coastal walk visits the beautiful Cape Cornwall and the Botallack Mines near St Just. There is a National Trust car park right next to the headland from which this walk starts. You pick up the South West Coast Path and head around Cape Cornwall passing the lovely Priest's Cove and the remains of St Helen's Chapel. There are great views towards the Isles of Scilly and Land's End.
You continue along the coast to Kenidjackheadland where there is an Iron Age Cliff Castle, pretty wildlfowers and rare breed cattle.
The next section follows footpaths along the coast and inland, exploring the fascinating ruins of the Botallack Mines. The mines were worked for tin and copper for over 500 yearsand include the Wheal Edward engine house and the Crowns engine houses. It's a great place for taking photos of the old ruined mining buildings with the backdrop of the coast and cliffs. You can also stop in the village of Botallackfor refreshments before the return leg. This takes you through the countryside past KenidjackFarm and Boscean, before picking up the coast path to return you to the car park.
The long distance Zennor Churchway and Tinners Way passes the area so you could pick up this trail to further explore the area. The circular walk offers splendid views of the Cornish countryside and coast around St Ives and St Just.

Postcode

TR19 7NL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Cape Cornwall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cape Cornwall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The coastal path makes for a fine, bracing dog walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south along the coast path and you could visit two of the highlights of the area at Sennen Cove and Lands End.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.

Photos

Walkers sit on Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 2106196

Walkers sit on Cape Cornwall

The ruins of St. Helen's Chapel, Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 2106157

The ruins of St. Helen's Chapel

Looking south from Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 2106178

Looking south

The path to Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 2106135

The path to Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall Reefs - geograph.org.uk - 1498406

Cape Cornwall Reefs. A heavy sea over the reefs off Porthledden Cove taken from what is pretty much the extremity of Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 216204

The house, now a holiday cottage, was one the local Mine Captain's house.

Priest's Cove and Cape House, Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 221997

Priest's Cove and Cape House

Coastwatch Station, Cape Cornwall - geograph.org.uk - 221992

Coastwatch Station

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Cape Cornwall.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Cape Cornwall.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)