Cornwall in England Marazion and St Michael's Mount
A postcard from Marazion
Location of Marazion and Cornwall
Just where is Marazion and St Michael's Mount?
Marazion is well placed on the south side of West Cornwall. St Michael's Mount sits majestically in the waters offshore.
Marazion is perfectly placed in Cornwall. It is easy to visit nearby resorts on the south coast from here, but also Cornwall's northern side.
There are local coach excursions which take in Marazion or simply hop on a local bus.
If you are hiring a car this part of Cornwall is lovely to explore and very accessible.
Walk across to St Michael's Mount if the tide is right or take one of the local boats that will ferry you across for a reasonable fare.
Once you have landed on St Michael's Mount take time to explore what is open to the public and enjoy the stunning views back over Marazion.
St Michael's Mount and its access road or causeway
My first experience of Marazion
When I visited Cornwall with three other giggly schoolgirls we were all just sixteen. Our first holiday without our parents was relatively mild, by today's standards, but it was fun.
Marazion was not far along from our base of Helston and so it was one of the places that we eagerly visited. Jumping on the local bus we realised that none of us knew quite how to pronounce this word. I drew the short straw and after much consideration asked for 4 tickets to Mar-A-Zion. The bus conductor(ticket collector) fell about laughing so much, whilst he repeated my pronunciation, that inevitably everyone on the bus howled with laughter. Thanks. However this, meant that the correct pronunciation has stayed with me for life. It Is Mar-Az-Eon.
The other most vivid memory of this lovely Cornish village is our attempt tp walk across to St Michael's Mount. At low tide it is possible to literally walk through the sea. However the timing needs to be right. As we set off the tide was already moving in. Many passers by warned us not to attempt the walk, but hey we were 16 and knew we could do it. Not quite halfway across the water was way passed our knees and we had to make a hasty retreat.
My already short mini skirt shrunk with the sea water and by the time we headed back to Helston was not much more than a large belt. Still at least we knew the name of where we had visited.
My recent visit to Marazion
By the time I visited Marazion again, more recently, more than 40 years had elapsed. It was very strange and those years fell back as the memories of that teenage holiday returned.
Our visit was brief but gave ne a yen to return for an extended Cornish visit. Hubby loved Cornwall and there is so much new for him to explore. The village of Marazion incorporates a steep hilly climb.
At the top the views across the bay to St Michael's Mount are simply breathtaking. Of course you will need clear weather in order to receive the best view. The island can be seen in the near distance from Penzance but Marazion is the ideal place to Island watch.
ST MICHAEL'S MOUNT
There is an almost twin sister island, Mont St Michel, across the sea on the coast of France. I recently watched a television programme about St Michael's Mount and was interested to see the Lord and Lady of the Manor, who currently reside there. What a beautiful place to live. The gardens alone are worth the visit as they are spectacular and, due to the climate, all manner of strange plants survive here that would, no doubt, die on the mainland.
Here is a little advertising information re St Michael's Mount, from the linked website:-
"Stroll across the causeway where a legendary giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an island where modern life meets layers of history. Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a harbour and a home.
Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle or a garden visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island Café or the Sail Loft Restaurant"
Sounds lovely and I must visit next time I am in these parts.
Marazion has a long sandy beach with beautiful fresh clean air all around. There are quaint shops dotted here and there but thankfully it is not commercialised at all. Buy one of the giant ice creams made with creamy Cornish ice cream and simply sit and take in the views.
Whether you visit Marazion for a day, use it as a base for exploring Cornwall or choose to vacation here you should have a lovely time. It is a perfect destination for families, especially those with young children.
Cornwall is a fascinating place to visit. With lush green fields, a warm climate, quaint villages with peculiar names, such as Mousehole(pronounced Mousel), and the scene of old smugglers of years gone by. Yet it has its modern side with water sports, The Eden Project, festivals and more.
In fact I guess it has something for everyone.
ABlast From The Past-St Michael's Mount In 1924
A few of my snaps
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