Travel – Cornwall – Climbing St. Michael’s Mount

Happy Thursday! πŸ’› I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing day whatever you are doing. For those of you new, joining us from a lazy morning in bed, thank you and hello. I’m sharing today the adventure, Jacob, my family and myself took when we decided to cross the causeway and climb up St. Michael’s Mount! 🏝 Onward my readers, it’s quite the impressive climb!

Welcome To St. Michael’s Mount

Low-tide with a clear causeway leading up to St. Michael's Mount in the distance.

What Even Is A Causeway You Say?

Now for those reading who don’t know what a causeway is, i’ll break it down for you. A causeway is a pathway that is raised and allows access across low and wet ground. In the photo above, the flat brick path during high-tide is submerged under waist deep water. Should you decide to walk across it you are wading through the ocean on an elevated track to get back to the mainland. Now should you decide to wait, then you can use the ferry to travel back at a price.

View from the top of St. Michael's Mount peak. The castle views overlook the sea and the town of Marazion below with its long sandy beaches.

It was quite the impressive sight, this island just off the coast from the mainland. We could see St. Michael’s Mount from where we were staying at ‘Orchard Cottage’, in Newlyn. We drove round, parked on the seafront and made our way towards the causeway crossing. We walked whilst during low-tide, so the commute across was a breeze.

Close up of the large pink bulb flowers in St. Michael's Mount Garden

St. Michael’s Mount is part of the National Trust association, which meant it was going to be a busy place to visit. Especially during the beautiful weather we were blessed with that day. This historical landmark is visited by people from all over and its not surprising with breathtaking views of Mount’s Bay. There are gardens, the castle that sits proudly at its peak, history and legend, and the island life to enjoy whilst you visit.

One of the little Cornish buildings located in the island harbour on St. Michael's Mount. A stone cottage with dainty blue painted windows and a blue door.

You’ll find numerous shops and places to grab a cheeky coffee and bite to eat before you make your climb up the mount. The buildings are wonderfully Cornish with there painted windows, doors and large Cornish stone. Super pleasant to walk around the island’s little harbour.

A strip of Cornish houses located in the island harbour of St. Michael's Mount. The buildings are traditional Cornish with a mixture of large stones, painted windows and doors.

When you make your way to the castle you are tackling a rather steep cobblestone pathway under the plant growth. You arrive into a clearing with a view of Newlyn in the distance and large cannons protruding from the stone wall. You can see that below shortly.

On a clear day like this one, you can see for miles. The volume of ocean and Cornish coastline that is available in a panoramic view is quite something. [Definitely makes up for the price of the ticket!] This little island is known for its crystal views of Newlyn, Penzance, Mounts Bay and Marazion the small town linked next to this landmark. I would highly recommend visiting the mount if you are near this end of Cornwall. Just bare in mind of its opening times. Check the link here to be taken to St. Michael’s Mount homepage with all the information you need to book your trip.

Plan your visit to St, Michael’s Mount here

Overlooking the top view from St. Michael's Mount of the vast ocean away from the mainland of Marazion, Cornwall.

Jacob, my little brother Olli and myself spent a good amount of time just looking out to the sea and taking in these views. The inside of the castle itself was no different with a maze of rooms to which you followed a route through. The stone rooms led to armouries, chambers, and giant banquet halls with stained glass windows. The handy craftsmanship into each pane was worth a second look. It filled the hall with colours that danced across the room, enlightening the space around us.

Inside St. Michael's Mount castle looking through the stained glass window panes from the great hall. The artistry and craftsmanship into each pane is intricate and full of colour.

St. Michael’s Mount pays homage to tradition and the landscape. It features several gardens that you can walk around. Its wildlife is abundant, with birds and small creatures roaming the gardens. The amount of flowers during the spring and summer months, flood the mount with a burst of colours.

Large purple flowers cascading down from the gardens in St. Michael's Mount. A closeup

A Loaded Cannon – Was That A Photography Pun..? [Nope, I Just Wanted A Quirky Heading]

Here as mentioned above was the clearing that opens up after a climb through the plantation. Here you’ll find part of the castles structure and what probably would have been where the guards would have stood back in the day. The entrance to castle doors were just behind us in this photo below. But I was more interested in the cannons that was pointing out to sea and Newlyn on the horizon. It was a fantastic place for a photo!!

Tommy sitting on the wall next to the cannon pointing towards Newlyn, Cornwall. The view is from the top of St. Michael's Mount giving a vast panoramic stretch of ocean and coastal front.
Jacob and Tommy kissing, whilst overlooking the view of Newlyn Cornwall from St. Michael's Mount peak.

The only downside to being up this high, was that we were up this high. And it was a mighty drop into the rocks and ocean below, or the people wondering the gardens. Needless to say I held on very tight to ANYTHING that was next to me as I took this photos. The wing blew gusts in every direction and no-ones hair was safe. But all this was worth it to see these stunning views against this lovely Cornish weather.

An ocean view from the top of the castle on St. Michael's Mount. The little ferry below is swallowed against the vastness of the blue ocean meeting the sky.

Quick Let’s Get Back Over The Causeway

So come the time to leave and high-tide is very much underway and the causeway is submerged in shallows. My little brothers, Jacob and myself waded through the slightly cold waters to reach the mainland and meet up with my parents. It was a great experience to walk through the sea to get back to shore, definitely something I would love to do again. Also, being a giant helped me keep my clothes dry. Everyone else was soaked through and through!

View of the causeway against the St. Michael's Mount during high-tide. The ocean covers the clear path as people in the shot wade through to the mainland.

Have any of you readers ever been down to St. Michael’s Mount near Penzance? Have you crossed the enjoyable causeway, or maybe you are thinking to do so after reading this post? [oi cheeky!]
Let me know in the comments below! πŸβš“


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