Saint Michael's Mount - a Guide


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July 8th 2014
Published: July 8th 2014
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I am absolutely exhausted, but today, our second consecutive annual trip to St. Michael's Mount was completely worth it! I'd recommend it to anyone, so have decided to post a bit about my adventures there, but any advice and information to those who want to visit!

History

Not only does the small tidal island off the coast of Cornwall have some beautiful panoramic views, but also boasts an interesting history. It's the perfect family day out and has something for everyone. As the http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/heritage-trail/heritage-national-trust/stmichaelsmount/Welcome.asp states, the mount has been involved in major historical events in English history, from the War of the Roses to the English Civil War, primarily down to its useful geographic position. For a history student like myself, it's a really interesting place to visit, and the architecture alone is something to be admired.

Getting to and from the Mount

To get to the Mount, there are many small boats in a lovely harbour, carrying around 20 passengers at a time. Prices: £2 for an adult and £1 for those 17 and under. There's never a long wait because the journey is just over 5 minutes, so plenty of boats around! The sea is a really lovely colour, and like many places in Cornwall, there's always a seagull around to pose for the camera. We had some beautiful weather last year, unfortunately, today it was pouring down on our journey there, but it added a great atmosphere! Some Australian tourists were a bit devastated, but luckily for me, coming from South Wales it was just like being home. It was a bit choppy, but the usually sea-sick mum survived thanks to the short trip, so for those who suffer, the journey is over before it's begun!

One of the most exciting aspects, as well as the beautiful views is the underwater path which dependent on tide levels allows you to walk over. We did this last year, I paddled with the water up to my ankles as some people chose to swim the short distance!

The Climb

I'd love to say it was an easy climb! Thankfully this year my mother and I were more prepared. I wore solid trainers today, as opposed to last years flip flops.. We were gobsmacked on arrival at a lady in her white high heeled wedges, both at the fact she was still standing (though slightly stumbling) but more at her choice of shoes! So this would definitely be a suggestion, lots of people opt for their walking boots and some bring some walking sticks. A lady passing on the way down as we were climbing up made a good point: "It's a lot easier to climb up!". When you walk down, the uneven cobbled path makes it difficult, so caution!

We made it!

The views you get from the top of the mount completely make up for the climb. There were some amazing panoramic views of the British landscape, where you're able to see over to Penzance, Newlyn, Land's End and the Lizard Peninsula, it really was lush! Mum is quite interested in religious history, so for her the chapel was really cool, whereas I was just happy to sit down on a CHAIR! (but managed to snap a few photos, as it was pretty beautiful). This is definitely a good thing about St Michael's Mount; as a history student I was more interested in seeing the Castle, King Louis's throne and some horses saddles from the 18th century. However, even if you're not into religion or history, the views at the top are just incredible, so just from a tourist perspective, you're able to see a completely different few of the South coast and like many destinations, the pictures don't really do the actual thing justice!



I'd definitely recommend Saint Michael's Mount to those staying in and around the Cornwall area. Though I'm on the settee absolutely shattered and aching now, the day was worth it. The weather managed to clear up when we got to the top, but now that I've been in two different type of weather conditions, obviously a sunny day on a beautiful little island is preferred, but even in the rain, Saint Michael's Mount is a brilliant day trip!


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