Cornwall in England Marazion and St Michael's Mount

A postcard from Marazion

Location of Marazion and Cornwall

Nearby places of interest.
Nearby places of interest.
Marazion
Marazion
The UK and the West of Cronwall
The UK and the West of Cronwall

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

The old road that leads to St Michael's Mount, tides permitting.
The old road that leads to St Michael's Mount, tides permitting.
Stunning view from above
Stunning view from above
Looking down from the Mount toward the mainland
Looking down from the Mount toward the mainland
East side of the causeway at low tide
East side of the causeway at low tide

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.

Marazion Moments

Beautiful local countryside
Beautiful local countryside
Windsurfer Spring madness. Local contest
Windsurfer Spring madness. Local contest | Source
Beautiful view from the top of the hill, east end of Marazion
Beautiful view from the top of the hill, east end of Marazion
Marazion's Town Hall
Marazion's Town Hall
Cobble Corner, in the heart of the village
Cobble Corner, in the heart of the village
The Castle, St Michael's Mount
The Castle, St Michael's Mount

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

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

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.

Marazion

ABlast From The Past-St Michael's Mount In 1924

A few of my snaps

Marazion in the distance from Penzance
Marazion in the distance from Penzance
From the beach you can see the causeway underwater
From the beach you can see the causeway underwater
From a viewing point at the top of the hill leading to and from the village.
From a viewing point at the top of the hill leading to and from the village.

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ethel smith 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Yes that sounds like the version we were given. Will sort the photo now. Thanks for the reply so soon


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surfgatinho 4 years ago from Cornwall UK

Hi Ethel. Many thanks - it's the one below actually.

On the pronunciation front I'd go for Ma-ra-zion, or just mumble!


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ethel smith 4 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Will do surf. Many of my own images are somewhere in old photo boxes. Thank god for digital cameras these days. Thanks for stopping by anyway

Hope I picked the right one. I assumed it was the surf one?


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surfgatinho 4 years ago from Cornwall UK

You can credit photo 11 to http://www.cornwalls.co.uk/photos/img2712.htm when you feel so inclined. You can borrow the map for free!


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

That's better than nuttin'. :D


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks James. Between us we will virtually see the world :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is your best Hub so far. I knew about Mont St Michel but oddly enough, I had no idea about St. Michael's Mount. The photos are exquisite. I must visit Cornwall. I regret having never been when I was so close. Thank you very much for this journey.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Thanks AllMomNeeds2know . Used to have friends in Pymouth


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AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

We visited St. Michael's Mount last year, it was cool and the kids loved it. I'm origonally from Plymouth, Devon myself. Love going back and visiting...Thanks for the reminder.


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull Author

Lol KCC. I have some of my own phots somewhere around. They are on my old camera and since we moved out from the flooding I have never quite found it. It is here somewhere though and I am sorry to say I will publish them when found :)

Emohelaer what a nice place for your family to come from

Mel you may get there someday. There are lots and lots of places outside the UK that I dream of visiting. We shall just have to settle for virtual tours for now I guess


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Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

What a beautiful place! Wish I could visit it one day.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Beautiful pictorial and video. I regret never making it here while I was in Europe, this is where my mothers family originates.

Maybe someday, until then, thank your for the tour and sharing your own trip down memory lane.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Why do you continue to do this to me? Cornwall is screeeeeaming at me to return! I absolutely love it there. Do not publish another hub about Cornwall unless someone can send me a ticket to visit! This is maddening! LOL

I found pictures of St. Michael's Mount sometime between my first and second visit to England and I asked my husband to take me there, but we never made it around to it. It is defintely on my 'to do' list.

Thank you for sharing!

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