B3306 to St Ives

Voted the best Sunday drive, the road from Land's End to St Ives follows the A30 then B3306, following the coast.


the B3306 to St Ives

Skirt the coast on the B3306 en-route to St Ives from Land's End after turning left off of the A30 leading out of Land's End.

This is a scenic road with numerous points of interest along the way.

Leaving Land's End pass the beautiful Whitesand Beach and Sennen Cove where there is a picturesque collection of thatched cottages, and take the left fork at the junction of the B3306 and A30

A couple of km further on, on the left is Land's End Airport where one can take the Isles of Scilly Sky Bus and flying lessons

Drive on through pleasant countryside and hedgerow bordered road with honeysuckle, wild roses and other flowers. There are glimpses of the sea on the left to the west. Eventually the road goes through the town of St Just where there are streets of granite houses and a market square. This is a former tin mining town and relics of the mining past, the tall chimneys still stand dotted about the landscape. Two miles away on the coast is the rocky promontory of Cape Cornwall, an unspoiled uncommercial point on the coastal path with fine views and the only named 'cape' on the British coast.

St Just Cornwall

Botallack tin minesThe B3306 road meanders past Tregaseal and Botallack. It's worth stopping at Bottalack and taking the road on the left to the coast before leaving the village. This leads to the former Botallack tin mines which is now National Trust property. Copper also used to be mined here and the underground tunnels extend out under the sea.

There is a car park, toilets for visitors and a small art gallery.

The ruins of the mine are extensive - the site is worth exploring. There are also some superb coastal views.


Geevor Tin Mine and visitor centre is also passed further along the road. This entails an entrance fee and offers an underground tour as well as demonstrations of smelting and other activities on various days.

The road continues to wind through the countryside. A pottery is passed en-route for anyone who might like to stop and look, the Radjel Inn and other eateries in the small villages and a place to stop for a cream tea at Rosemergy. You will continue to pass tin mine workings scattered over the meadows.

Zennor B3306

At Zennor there is a Wayside Museum and cafe. This is Cornwall's oldest private museum and exhibits domestic and agricultural items from past centuries. It also has a display about D H Lawrence who penned 'Women in Live' whilst living in Zennor with his German born wife.

Eventually, following the undulating road through the Cornish countryside, the town of St Ives with its fabulous beaches comes into view.

St Ives in the distance

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