The Wild West of Cornwall
Feeling like the edge of world’s end the Wild West of Cornwall is host to some of the most dramatic scenery, beautiful beaches, and wonderful walks & drives. Home of many a creative artist, designer, film-maker and writer the magic of Cape Cornwall, Sennen and St Just comes in on the sea mist. GCG have put together a guide to navigating the wilderness and discovering the hidden gems.
SennenSt Just Cape Cornwall
St Just – the village before Cape Cornwall (and possibly the last place to get a coffee before the descent into granite wilderness) is home inspiration galore. The site is built upon ancient pagan rites – you can’t tell though looking at the locals. With nothing but the sea you are at the edge of the earth and the feeling of escapism is somewhat over-whelming. Once home to possibly just one ‘pub’ St Just is now brimming with galleries, pottery & ceramics studios and quirky cafes like The Cook Book Shop – a charming combination of books, coffee and cake. St Just is also home to a particularly well-renowned butcher ‘Vivian Olds’ (and not in a Sweeny Todd type way) – the best place to get bacon!
Sennen – Along the coast slightly from St Just, Sennen has a fabulous beach and café – the perfect spot for sunbathing in the day or cuddling up with hot chocolates in the evening. The sandy beach is a long stretch and perfect for running the dog or running barefoot, whilst the sea is a great surf spot – check out the Sennen beach surf cam for live surf info.
Cape Cornwall – The very edge of the earth and the feeling of standing on the cliffs with the Atlantic breeze blowing away the stress of the city is amazing. The National Trust car park sits just above the walk down to the beach; there are little fisherman’s huts littered along the edge, one of which is a small studio cultivated by the artist Kurt Jackson. A mile from the beach, lazing in the Atlantic are the Brisons – two giant rocks resembling Charles de Gaulle lying on his back.
Where to stay
BoHo Cornwall have created two Scarlet-esque boutique hotel style retreats in Cape Cornwall – perfectly positioned for coastal path walking and arty inspirational breaks.
GCG’s top tip is to get out the map and track the coastal path to take your fill of the wilderness – compasses and snacksies at the ready.