Thursday 14 February 2019

Marazion and the Magical St.Michael's Mount, Cornwall

St. Michael's Mount Marazion, Cornwall
St. Michael's Mount,  Marazion, Cornwall
We were in the Marazion and Mounts Bay area yesterday. The main attraction, in my opinion, being St. Michael's Mount. I find it very magical. Unfortunately it isn't open during the winter months so had to admire from afar.

There are numerous stories linked to St. Michael's Mount such as :

(1) It is said that the Archangel Michael appeared before local fisherman on the mount in the 5th century.

(2) Prior to the 6th century the island was once the home of an eighteen feet tall giant named Cormoran. He lived in a cave with treasures he accumulated by terrorising the local towns and villages.

(3) Sea-lore claims that Archangel Michael sat in a great stone chair at the top of the mount protecting England. 
Marazion, Cornwall sign post
Marazion Sign
We started out in the the ancient market town of Marazion.
RSPB Reserve
Opposite the Marazion sign, on the other side of the road, there is a RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of  Birds) reserve.
Marazion town, Cornwall
Town of Marazion
The town of Marazion is very old. I read on Marazion Info that it is one of the oldest chartered towns in the UK. The first charter of incorporation being granted by Henry III in 1257 and this was reaffirmed on the 13th of June, 1595 by Queen Elizabeth I.
Marazion shop front, Cornwall
Marazion shop and cottages.
Marazion is all very pleasant but we like to take in some of the back streets as well, so made our way up Back Lane having no idea where it would lead.
The Back Lane - had no idea where it would lead
The lane had some lovely views over the town and sea.
Marazion town Cornwall from on high
Views from the Back Lane over the sea and Mounts Bay
The weather had turned quite dull but there was a lovely view of St.Michael's Mount across the house tops.
St.Michael's Mount Marizion looking over the houses from high up
St. Michael's Mount  seen over the roof tops
Finally we felt we had to look at Marazion's well, though there isn't much water in it nowadays! It's strange to think, though, that this was the main source of water for the residents of the town until 1879. 
The old well in Marazion, decommissioned in 1879
Marazion Well
Having had out fill of the town we walked along the waters edge. It wasn't a good day for photos but the man made causeway to St. Michael's Mount has some nice shades of colour on the stones. The tide wasn't out far enough to actually walk to the island.
The man made causeway to St.Michael's Mount, Cornwall
The Causeway Leading To St. Michael's Mount - when the tide is right
Not many people in the water!
Mounts Bay, Cornwall
River joining the sea with St. Michael's Mount in the background
We continued along the beach until we reached Coast Path leading to Penzance.
coastal path Marazion to Penzance, Cornwall
The beach cafe was closed - but we had a very pleasant day, and walked a fair distance.
Beach cafe on coastal path, Cornwall
All being well I'll return to St.Michael's Mount in the main season to snap a few photos - when the island is open for visitors.


  1. What a wonderful walk, Mike! I think you would have deserved some of the 'life changing coffee' afterwards - such a brilliant description! Thank you for taking me through Cornwall for a few minutes :))

    1. Thank you Prue, always happy when I'm walking!, especially near the sea. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. What a lovely adventure you had Mike and a great set of photos too

    1. Hello Christine, thank you. I don't get to Marazion very often so was an enjoyable day - and the car parks were nearly empty and free!

  3. Maddison looks a wonderful place, great pictures as ever.

    1. Thanks David, it's nice to visit these places out of season, as not many people about. Hope you have a good weekend.

  4. An interesting album, I like small, quiet, clean cities. I enjoyed spending my free time there!

    1. Hello Grigoriy. Thanks, this area in the photos gets very bury with holiday makers in the summer season. That's why I like to visit such places in Autumn, Winter & Spring.

  5. There were a lot of interesting sights to see on this pleasant walk! I agree that the stones of the causeway are lovely. Delightful tour, thanks!

    1. Thank you very much Ann, it was a lovely day out.

  6. Thank you Mike for sharing your walk, your pictures are amazing, as usual. I would love to walk the causeway to St. Michael's Mount. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Many thanks for your kind words. The Mount is something quite special, lovely to walk the causeway - when the tide is out of course!



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