Cornish walks don’t come much better than this.
St. Michaels Way, the only footpath in Britain designated a European Cultural Route. A 12.5 mile tour, taking approximately 7 hours – if you include a pub lunch and a pint. From the huge sandy beach of Lelant (nr St. Ives) to Marazion (nr Penzance) and the iconic St. Michael’s Mount.
Your route, marked by the original Pilgrims symbol of a stylised scallop shell, dates back to pre-historic times (10,000 BC – 410 AD). It is believed that it was this journey that assisted in Cornwall’s rapid conversion from Paganism to Christianity. It is one of the pilgrim networks criss-crossing Europe, which all lead to the Cathedral of St.James in Santiago de Compostela, Northern Spain.
We chose to walk from the South to the North coast. Starting our route in the Lelant Park and Ride car park and following the coastal path along the dunes above Porth Kidney beach, turning inland once we reached Carbis Bay. The footpath is well signposted, just keep an eye out for those scallop shells. A short sharp climb up to Knills Monument and the scenery suddenly changes, from marram grass to moorland scrub bushes and wild flowers. The views are incredible, looking down over St.Ives Bay and out to Godrevy lighthouse.
Next climb to the top of Trencrom Hill - where you truly feel on top of the world, looking down over both coasts. Your destination is now in sight – the glorious St. Michael’s Mount. Downhill from here!
We stopped for well deserved drink and a bite to eat at The Coldstreamer Pub in Gulval – which I can recommend highly. We then continued across a delightful stream and headed towards our destination. The tide was in so we couldn’t cross to the Mount, but consoled ourselves by having a cocktail at the Godolphin Arms, just opposite.
Badgers Croft, sleeps 4, Lelant Downs.
Trenow, sleeps 4, Perranuthnoe
Tregothal, sleeps 8, Goldsithney, Marazion