St Michael’s Mount

On one particularly gloomy and mizzly day back in June last year, Scottie and I popped by St Michael’s Mount, a prominent feature in Mounts Bay.

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Visible at mid and low tides, the man made causeway provides a lovely (and free) walk across to the mount from Marazion. When the causeway isn’t available, there are frequent boat crossings.

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The harbour has been in use for maybe over 2000 years, primarily being used for trade and fishing. The pier originally dates from the 15th century, being enlarged in 1823.

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Around 30 people currently live on the island, with the majority of their lives revolving around the weather and tides.

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Legend has it that at one point a giant named Cormoran lived on the island, stealing livestock from the local farmers to eat. He continued to terrorise the locals, until a young lad named Jack decided to dig a big pit, lure the giant down the hill until he fell in it. Jack then filled in the pit with Cormoran at the bottom.

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The well that exists today was the source of water for the islanders until about 100 years ago.

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The walk up to the castle offers some pretty spectacular views of the bay, Marazion and down to Penzance.

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The gun batteries were installed in the 18th century.

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References:

National Trust (no date) The Castle on St Michael’s Mount. Available at: https://www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk/explore-the-mount/castle (Accessed: 10 December 2017).

St Michael’s Mount (no date). Available at: http://www.cornwall-online.co.uk/heritage-trail/heritage-national-trust/stmichaelsmount/Welcome.asp (Accessed: 10 December 2017).