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.
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.
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.
Around 30 people currently live on the island, with the majority of their lives revolving around the weather and tides.
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.
The well that exists today was the source of water for the islanders until about 100 years ago.
The walk up to the castle offers some pretty spectacular views of the bay, Marazion and down to Penzance.
The gun batteries were installed in the 18th century.
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).