South Cornwall

The creekside church of this sleepy village is quite possibly the prettiest in Cornwall – and in this ecclesiastically minded county, there’s no shortage of competition. Surrounded by a jumble of wildflowers and overhanging yews tumbling down to a boat-filled creek, the present church dates from the 13th century, but there was probably an oratory here as far back as the 6th century.

It’s a gorgeous place to wander on a sunny day, with peaceful paths meandering among rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas, and many lichen-covered gravestones, some of which are 300 years old or more. Look out for the signs as you reach St Just village.

If you're using a sat nav, make sure you don't confuse it with St Just in Penwith – which is about 30 miles west near Penzance!

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1. Portscatho


Portscatho was formerly one of the busiest pilchard ports on Cornwall’s south coast. The village boasts one of the county’s largest granite breakwaters,…

2. Porthcurnick

1.88 MILES

A popular family beach near the port of Portscatho, which has become even more frequented thanks to the success of its beachside cafe, the Hidden Hut…

3. St Mawes Castle

1.89 MILES

Strategically sited to command an uninterrupted field of fire over the entrance to Falmouth Bay in tandem with Pendennis Castle, on the opposite side of…

4. Trelissick

2.47 MILES

Grandly located at the head of the Fal estuary, 4 miles south of Truro, Trelissick is one of Cornwall's most beautiful aristocratic estates, with a formal…

5. St Anthony's Head

2.77 MILES

The remains of a turn-of-the-century gun battery can still be seen along the point at St Anthony's Head. Just along the coast is the peninsula's 1835…

6. Pendennis Castle


Designed in tandem with its sister castle in St Mawes across the estuary, this Tudor castle sits proudly on Pendennis Point, and was built as part of…

7. National Maritime Museum

2.98 MILES

Falmouth's most high-profile museum is located on the revamped area around Discovery Quay. It's the sister outpost of the National Maritime Museum in…

8. Gyllyngvase Beach

3.56 MILES

The nearest beach to town is a flat sandy stretch, known to locals as Gylly. It's about half a mile south of the town centre and is backed by the popular…