Tuesday, 18 August 2015

St Michael's Mount

Today we are - finally! - taking a visit to St Michael's Mount which is just off from Marazion in Cornwall.  It took us two attempts to get there and we managed it on the second occasion.  That was after many years of me wanting to make a visit!  Our visit actually took place during our holiday in April this year.

I am afraid that there are rather a lot of photos and not a lot of commentary, but hopefully you will enjoy the pictures!  They say that a picture speaks a thousand words don't they, so I hope that is the case here.  Well, perhaps not a thousand words, I am trying to avoid the words here.  I will shut up now!

As is my won't I took a lot of photos, so I have split them into three posts over the next three days.  Today we head up to the castle on the top, tomorrow we go around the castle and just make it to the entrance of the gardens and then on Thursday we will actually see round the spectacular gardens.  I hope that you will not be too too bored by this!  I hope that I have kept enough to keep it interesting, but got rid of enough pictures so that it isn't boring!  I will shut up again!!

I hope you enjoy!


We arrived just as the tide was going out.



The day was rather hazy, but you could still see the incredible castle atop the mount.






There are two ways to get across, depending on the tide.  You can either walk across the causeway, or if the tide is in you can get a boat.  As the tide was still going out, we caught the boat.  The place you get on the boat is on this island.





We are coming into the harbour now.




You can see the causeway starting to appear beneath the water as the tide goes out.



Aren't these paper cranes in one of the gift shops incredible.









It is quite a climb up to the castle, and on the way we passed the Dairy.








These are the Pilgrims Steps, as the sign says!  They are very worn down and very difficult to walk up.  You certainly need the handrail.



You might just be able to make out the sign saying that this is The Giants Well.



The higher we climbed the better the views of Marazion got.





Nearly there now at the top!  You can see the rows of canons to act in defence.


Finally we have arrived at the top!  Tomorrow we will take a look to see what we can find inside!

 
If you want to find out more about St Michael's Mount, you can read the National Trust website here and the St Michael's Mount website here.
 
Amy

46 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful place. I've been there a few times in rain and sunshine and it never loses its appeal. It looks like you had a lovely day for your visit. A shame about the damage to the causeway, but good to hear that it's being repaired. Looking forward to the next installment:)
    Cathy x

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  2. This is another place on my wishlist to visit. What fabulous photos, I feel like I am on the visit with you, although I am not sure I would make it up the steps. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the island and the castle.

    Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  3. Lovely pictures Amy - in my youth I once went camping near Marazion but can't remember an awful lot - in those days we didn't have digital photography so didn't take many pictures either - your photos have brought some of it back for me. It looks quite peaceful when you were there - not many tourists about.

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  4. What wonderful photos, such a treat to see St Michael's Mount again, we visited a couple of years ago when we stayed in Marazion and I absolutely loved it. A shame to see that the cobbles have since been swept away by the storms, but it's good to know they have most of them safely and they'll be replaced. There's a little library that I particularly liked, with the thickest stone wall and a little window looking straight out to see. I imagine sitting by the fire in there on a stormy winter's afternoon must be qutie incredible. Such a beautiful place, glad you had an enjoyable visit. You've made me yearn to be in Cornwall! CJ xx

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  5. This is on my wish list, but so far I haven't managed to get there. Loving the look round via your photos.

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  6. Definitely another place to add to my to-visit list!! Thank you for sharing your visit!

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  7. Hey Amy,
    Such lovely photographs!
    WE have visited St Micheals Mount quite a few times, and I am hoping to take Olly before the summer holidays are over. Parking can be a real nuisance in Marazion during the holiday season though, so maybe I'll save it for a weekend after schools go back. I always enjoy visiting. I prefer walking along the causeway. The plants and gardens always inspire me. Helen Dunmore has written a novel set there. It is called 'Stormswept' It's a young adult book, but I enjoyed it very much. I'm a huge fan of Helen Dumore. Quite a few of her books are set in Conrwall.
    Have a lovely day,
    Leanne xx

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  8. I've stood on the far shore and looked wistfully at it but never been over to the Island. A definite to do on my list. Really enjoyed all your lovely photos- thank you my dear xx

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  9. It looks like a place I would love to visit. Shame it is at the opposite end of Britain (for me). Thanks Amy, a virtual visit is a good start. x

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  10. Looks amazing, another place to add to my visit list. You certainly gave us a wonderful tour.

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  11. St Michaels Mount is one of my favourite places. I have been many times over the years and I never get tired of it. Seeing your photo's is making me yearn for another trip before I get too old to climb all those steps.

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  12. I'd love to visit as I've never been. We do have plans for next year though. Lovely photos xx

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  13. What a fascinating place to visit, Amy. I really love the shot of the causeway and the people walking across. It is amazing how historic castles were built for defence on little islands like this - one wonders how it was done! And I love that wheelbarrow full of succulents, isn't that inspirational. xx

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  14. Gorgeous images, Amy! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more photos. That is a place everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime... I haven't, so far.
    xx

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  15. Yes, this post is making me yearn for the sea too. I might just have to do a quick search and see if any Cornish cottages by the sea are available in September. The first time I visited St Michael's Mount was with my then 20 month old son who walked all the way to the top. He was a tough little cookie! We've visited many times since but on our last holiday this May we just admired the Mount from Tremenheere Sculpture Garden.

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  16. i agree with u there on the bloggy travels u get 2 c so much!! one of my favorite things ever! have a blessed week! ( :

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  17. It would be hard to come up with a more beautiful place to photograph!

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  18. Hi Amy! Oh, what a lovely place! It's almost like a fairy tale story with the castle up on the hill all protected from the enemies. Maybe a dragon or a sea monster! ;) I'll bet you had a great time! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  19. It looks a fantastic place! I remember my sister going here on a residential school trip once (and I'm going back probably 20-ish years) and I've wanted to go myself ever since! I've not been to Cornwall at all for about 16 years but I really must go back some time.

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  20. I'd have loved to have visited St Michael's Mount but we've had Archie with us when we've visited Cornwall and dogs aren't allowed in the castle grounds or gardens so we haven't bothered. I'm pleased I'm getting to see your photos.

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  21. I love visiting old castles and forts so enjoyed seeing St. Michael's Mount through your lens. I'm glad they were able to locate most of the cobblestones from the walkway that washed away last year, perhaps newer technology can create a more stable structure.

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  22. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures. Sad to hear about the causeway but glad they are working on restoring. We enjoyed our visit so much. I had forgotten how steep the steps were and so glad we went when we did. We took the boat out and walked back.

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  23. What another lovely place to visit, love your photos to. Only seen the sea once this year back in March, sadly I think that will be it for this year..
    Amanda xx

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  24. I want to go!
    I want to go!
    I want to go!
    I want to go!!!!!!
    I want to be in and see all of these places! Amy in all of my visits to the UK, I have yet to see Cornwall, that seriously needs to change. I mean come on... what a perfect place!!! Much love to you and I hope you have a great week! Tammy x

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  25. I just love castles, old buildings, how on earth did they build them??? The sea too..lovely pics...looking forward to part 2 . Maria xx

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  26. What a beautiful spot to visit! How unique that this little island has a castle and homes on it that are still used. I like the causeway to it. We have a similar spot here in St. Andrews but the causeway is the ocean bed which is raised a bit but the island is only accessible when the tide is out. One can drive across it! Watch for that post soon. :) Lovely photos and I hope I don't miss the next instalments. xx Pam

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  27. Thank you so much Amy for this wonderful post! I have shown my hubby who very happily reminisced about this place while reading through your blog. A gorgeous post. Hope you are well my lovely xx

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  28. Lovely photo's Amy, I love cornwall but I have never visited that part, I'm looking forward to part 2. :) xx

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  29. How wonderful, I've always wanted to go but Cornwall is somewhere we don't seem to visit! Your photos make me want to even more though :) Thanks for sharing xx

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  30. This place is on my "to visit" list should I ever get back to England. I love seeing your photos - thanks for sharing them.

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  31. We love this area of Cornwall and your photos are beautiful!

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  32. We love this area of Cornwall and your photos are beautiful!

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  33. Thanks for that Amy, fabulous trip. Aren't the colours in the photo before the well beautiful. Looking forward to the next episode. x

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  34. I love Cornwall, it's is so beautiful. However, I especially love St Michael's mount and went especially to stay in the Marazion area a couple of years ago to visit it. We had to come back by boat, the girls thought it was great fun, me less so ha! Lovely pictures Amy x x x

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  35. What a lovely post Amy. Thanks for taking us on the tour as it is somewhere I'd love to visit. Take care.

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  36. Amy ! What beautiful place I love the Castle, these are amazing pictures!!!
    xoxoxox

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  37. You visit the best places! I really enjoyed these photos.

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  38. Such a beautiful place, Amy! Europe is full of lovely old castles - what an amazing place it is. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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  39. How beautiful! That castle, stuff of dreams I tell you! Thank you so much for sharing. What wonderful history your family was able to visit!

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  40. Wow - so impressive Amy! And beautiful!!! It's like something right out of the movies and doesn't seem real. It's so nice that you visit all of these amazing places, as I love reaping the rewards!! Lol
    Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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  41. Amazing place! Visiting a castle is on my bucket list. Looking forward to seeing your pics of the inside.

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  42. Beautiful! Despite many visits to Cornwall this is not somewhere I have ever visited.

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  43. It really is a twin sister of Mont Saint Michel in France, amazing !!

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  44. How lovely Amy, I'm so glad you eventually got there!

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  45. Oh my, I've just read your posts backwards and the pictures are wonderful and really bring back memories of the trip I took there many years ago on the first holiday with my now husband. We had such fun splashing in the shallow receding tide as we walked across the causeway, St Michaels Mount is one of my favourite memories of that holiday, thank you for reminding me! x

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