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St Michaels Mount

Age group: 6+

Location: WEST Cornwall

 

Contact: nr Penzance, TR17 0EF

TEL: 01736 710507

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Separated from the mainland by a causeway covered by sea at high water, St Michael’s Mount near Penzance in west Cornwall, beats to a pace of life ruled by the weather and tides.

 

Yet this is no dusty museum or dormant relic of a past life. Lapped by crystal waters or lashed by winter storms, the craggy island is actually home to a living island community.

 

In its heyday as a busy port the island population swelled to about three hundred people, although this number has since reduced in the present day. It is home to small motorboats that come and go, and the seafront cottages are still home to more than thirty islanders, whose jobs range from boatman to gardener and from guide to handyman.

 

When the tide is right you can literally walk across the bay to the Mount (always check the tide times my bewties!) and everyone from young to old seems to enjoy the journey. It's no problem if the tide is in either, as there are boats that will take you over and back again.

 

Once you step ashore at the harbour-side village, you notice that there is a hive of activity every single day. Witness life through the eyes of the islanders: roam the paths to the peak of the granite outcrop, gaze at views to the west and southern tips of Cornwall, spot dolphins and marine life, and soak up the spiritual energy of a landmark that lies on one of Britain’s most prominent ley lines.

 

A walk around the property is fun and informative and gives you an excellent insight to this magical part of Cornwall.  Legend says that a mythical giant named Cormoran once lived on the Mount, and he used to wade ashore and steal cows and sheep from the villagers to feed his gargantuan appetite - ell'up there was!

Penzance 4 miles, Praa Sands 5 miles, Mousehole 8 miles