Ancient stone circles and unique pre-historic field systems mingle with the awesome remains of a once thriving tin and copper industry, and this small stretch of land, where cliff mining first developed, contains the largest, most internationally important and visually imposing concentration of mining monuments in Cornwall.
The St Just and Land’s End area offers a living historic landscape of small fields, maritime grassland, cliff and heathland.
The unique stone hedged fields and stone walled homesteads that characterise the area have been created by farming over the last 5,000 years, but they need careful management in order to retain their character and continue to support a rich wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
To this end, the West Penwith Environmentally Sensitive Area aims to protect and enhance the special landscape character of the area and its wildlife and historic interests. It restores traditional farm buildings, maintains Cornish hedges and walls, builds new ones and offers financial incentives to encourage environmentally friendly work.
If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of our ancient landscape, then see our Where to Stay page for a great selection of B&Bs, self-catering cottages and campsites to suit all tastes and pockets.