During the autumn half term we stayed at Coombe Mill farm, Bodmin in Cornwall for the week.We visited The Eden Project, Tolcarne Beach in Newquay and finally St.Michael’s Mount in Marazion.It started off to be a grey day as we left Coombe Mill for Bodmin Parkway train station via taxi.From Bodmin Parkway we headed to Penzance.Once we reached Penzance station, there is a short walk past the bus station to the harbour.You can see across to the mount and the castle which is visible from here, over 3 miles away.
We took the bus from the harbour to Marazion, just 20 minutes away.We got off in a very quaint town, making our way down to the beach and across the cobbled causeway that links the land to St.Michael’s Mount.This is only accessible at low tide, at high tide times you can get a boat on the St Michael’s Mount amphibious vehicle, which leaves from the Slipway car-park in Marazion. For details of boats, call 01736 710507 or visit www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
It’s about here when we passed the Butter making house, that it came apparent that this was going to be big, big climb.When I posted photos on Instagram and a little video on Facebook during our visit, I had several people come back and say how hard it was.But don’t let that put you off, many people had babes in arms and small children with them.It’s hard but not impossible.
Cornwall has Hydrangeas everywhere, not just in gardens but we found many on our walk to St.Breward and this was the first white ones we saw.The climate on St.Michael’s Mount is quite unique, frost is a rare thing and sub-tropical plants grow really well here.The castle gardens are closed from September, so we didn’t get to see them.But views from the castle were spectacular you could see a fair bit of the sprawling garden on the rock face and below.
I didn’t know before coming to St.Michael’s Mount about the myth of Jack the Giant Killer, which was the one we found most interesting aside the religious connections to the island.I must learn to do more research before visiting places.
Reaching this point was no mean feet I can tell you.You had to step up and climb, almost grabbing onto rock.But what a spectacular sight to reach when you got to the top!
Inside the castle is lots of very small rooms in the style of a typical of old English country house.The walls and rooms are full of artefacts collected from all over the world dating back to the 17th century.It was a very busy day, rooms were packed with tourists, so we weren’t able to spend much time looking at everything and I couldn’t take any photos without having a sea of heads in shot.The rooms are exquisite, I was very drawn to the blue and white rooms.
Moving outside at this height, I began to feel a bit uneasy.I’m not one for heights but I pushed myself to go out on the turrets to have a look down.The view looking down from the turrets to see the rock face gardens is astounding.I would come back just to visit the gardens as it looks spectacular even in October.
There is a very small church, which at a guess would seat 50 people.Complete with an altar and choir stalls it was very peaceful and ever so light with many stained glass windows.
We had expected to be here all day but we left soon after lunch and headed back to Marazion.We searched the beach for Cornish sea glass and then decided to walk the coastal path instead of taking the bus back.It’s a 3 mile walk but as it was still early afternoon and had in the end turned out to be a gorgeous day, it was an ideal way to end the day.
By the time we got back to Penzance train station, back to Bodmin Parkway and then back to Coombe Mill, it was very dark.It was worth the long time travelling, which we’re all used to as neither me or my mum drive.