Cornwall

Stroll on the causeway over to St Michael’s Mount

The subject of many a watercolour and postcard, the iconic tidal island of St Michael’s Mount lies just off the coastline at Marazion in Mount’s Bay. Dating back to the medieval times when it was owned by Benedictine monks, it is filled with narrow pathways, sub-tropical gardens and a fantastic castle, looked after these days by the National Trust. 

Many a legend clings to this lovely spot which was once surrounded by woodland (its Cornish name, Karreck Loos yn Koos, means rock in woodland), such as visions of St Michael (he’s the patron saint of fishermen) and miracles which drew pilgrims from across Europe. It’s also a spot for crossing ley lines, bringing a unique energy to the place.

At high tide you can get to the island by boat, but when the tide is low you can amble across the cobbled causeway by foot, marvelling at the sea either side of you – a truly unique experience. Leave a couple of hours to explore the castle, marvel at the stunning gardens which thrive under the milder climate, stop for a cream tea (a must!) and gawp at the lovely sea views. If the tide is still out you can walk back, or alternatively you can catch the little boat that ferries people back and forth.

You can find out more about visiting the Mount on their website www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk .

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