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St Michaels Way

Age group: 6+

Location: WEST Cornwall


Contact: Lelant to Marazion

TEL: 0300 1234202


Throughout Europe there is a network of pilgrim routes which lead to one of the three most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world - the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, Northwest Spain.  The St Michael's Way Trail is also one of these routes.


St. Michael's Way was thought to have been used by many pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land's End. It dates back to pre-historic times (10,000BC - 410AD), it it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall's rapid conversion into a Christian faith.


The trail stretches from Lelant, near St. Ives, to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km.  Visitors can expect to see a number of sights including the 'Caribbean' style waters around St. Ives, the largest sand dunes in Cornwall at Gwithian and far-reaching views of West Penwith at Trencrom Hill. After heading along the coast to Carbis Bay, passing the beautiful Porth Kidney Sands along the way, the route then heads inland through the delightful Cornish countryside to Trencrom Hill. Passing Ludgvan you will soon arrive along the south coast near Penzance where the path then turns east, taking you along the coast to the finish point in Marazion. Here you can visit the splendid St Michael's Mount or just enjoy the wonderful views from the coast.


Pilgrim ways are often indicated by the traditional Pilgrim's symbol of a scallop shell. St. Michael's Way has been signposted and waymarked in both directions using a stylistic shell based on the Council of Europe's sign for pilgrim routes. The directional arrows are coloured yellow for footpaths, blue for bridleways and red for byways.


Note: Click for a St. Michael's Way Walking Guide - proper job! A Cornwall Council Ranger is responsible for the day to day management and can be contacted via the Environment Service on 0300 1234 202 or