A Cornish Adventure Pt2 - St Michaels Mount

Trip Start May 15, 2010
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Trip End Dec 15, 2010


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Looking out the window it appeared to be warm and sunny which was a complete contradiction to the weather forecast (Not that i was complaining after the previous day). A drive on the A30 for about 1hr brought me to the seaside town of Marazion. Arriving in the town there were signpostings to the parking area, these were advertising all day parking, alarm bells rang, as i approached the car park the sign read 'All Day Parking - 2.50' result. Parking up i headed for the causeway. 

Walking along the seafront st micheals mount is loud and proud as an island off the coast about 1/2 a mile out (i would guess). It looks quite spectacular from the beachfront with the castle a top a large hill surrounded (as seen from the coastline) some very large trees and a small on-island village.The causeway is a cobbled path across to the island unfortunately the tide was in, low tide was at 7:30am that day (apparently the high tide is 1hr later per day), so it would have been impossible to walk out as the tide would have been waist deep and rising as i arrived at 11:30.

The alternative was a 5 minute or so boat ride across to the island, so i queued at the landing point and boarded the boat, it was a nice day so the sea wasnt too choppy. The boat landed at the island key and i took a short walk up to the entrance and paid the entrance fee, at this point i took advantage of the island cafe and had a cornish pastie. 

I then walked round to the garden entrance, the garden itself was a path which stretched upward around the outside of the castle, steep at somepoints but with glorious views both back to the mainland and out to sea. Walking round past the palm trees the garden then became a series of steep cobbled set into the side of the mound on which the castle was set containing flowers, trees and bushes on three seperate trails, i walked each of the trails and enjoyed the views of both the sides of the castle and the changing views of the coastline as i walked up and around. This took an hour or so in all and the weather was improving by the minute. A walk back down the path brought me back to the entrance of the castle. 

Entering the castle grounds there was then another steep climb up the cobbled steps and onto the cobbled path upto to castle entrance. The entrance itself was surrounded by cannons on the battlement. The castle walk had been designed so that certain doors were opened and certain closed, this provided a one-way system which went up to the top of the castle and back down again. At the top of the castle was the chapel and terrace, i stood on the terrace on two side for about 30 mins on each side. I then came down the inside and out through the exit, i then sat on the mound outside the entrance for another 30mins.

After looking at the castle i walked back down to the entrance, the walk down was much easier than the walk up. And arriving back at the entrance i went back to the cafe for a bottle of water. I was then going to head back to the mainland but was waylaid by the causeway as i sat and watched the tide go out (very slowly). I then walked round to the jetty where the boats were leaving from back to the mainland. It then took me three boats leaving before i got on one and went back to the mainland, waylaid again by the view.

 The boat dropped us back at the far side of the beach so i took a walk through the village to get back to the car park. My car was the only one left in my row, so i guess i must have made the most of my day, or just got distracted by the view.
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