Discover West Penwith

Enginehouse on West Penwith

Enginehouse on West Penwith

This is the south-west extremity of Cornwall, bounded on all sides by the Atlantic ocean. 67 per cent of this land has been awarded the status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and rightly so. The Granite geology has formed spectacular cliffs and moorland ridges and tors with associated mineral veins of tin and copper. These minerals were mined in the 18th and 19th centuries and the St Just Mining District is deservedly a World Heritage Site with visitor attractions such as Geevor Tin Mine where you can experience what life was like working underground.

[[Image:Penzance West Penwith.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Rugged cliffs at Lands End|Rugged cliffs at Lands End]]This area also has one of the best preserved and legible records of continuous human occupation in Western Europe – bronze age field patterns, standing stones, iron age hill forts and settlements, burial sites are scattered across this region.
The area is also an inspiration for human creativity – artists, writers and photographers have all been attracted to Penwith, some of the earliest being the Newlyn School of Artists in the 1920s.
The area is also a wonderful place for outdoor recreation with the Southwest Coast Path, beaches, trails and moors waiting to be discovered.