SWCP Day 18. Rest Day in Marazion & St Michael’s Mount

I had a sleep-in this morning and woke at 7.30am seriously overheating in my tent! I enjoyed breakfast and a coffee, then went for a second (big) breakfast with Steve at the Chapel Rock cafe in Marazion, before he continued on the trail.
I had a thoroughly lazy day which mostly involved visiting St Michael’s Mount. It’s a castle on an island 500m offshore, and is linked by a causeway at low tide.

St Michael's Mount - high tide
St Michael’s Mount – high tide
St Michael's Mount - low tide
St Michael’s Mount – low tide

There is evidence of the mount having been populated for 3000 years. For 300 years it was under the control of the abbey of Mont St Michel in Normandy, France, and the earliest surviving building work from that time started in 1135. It is now both a home and National Trust property.

Several rooms of the castle are open to the public as well as the lovely gardens. I wandered around in the sunshine and had a thoroughly enjoyable morning.

From St Michael's Mount
From St Michael’s Mount
The castle
The castle
Looking back over the causeway to Marazion
Looking back over the causeway to Marazion
The gardens from above
The gardens from above
The castle gardens
The castle gardens

As I was exiting I got pooped on by a giant seagull… which amazingly only got my hand, and my dry-sack that I was sporting as a handbag. Thankfully it didn’t get my freshly washed hair, and the loos were open so I could wash it off. It’s lucky right?!

The rest of the day was spent eating and lounging at the beach and/or campsite.

Food consumed today: Almond croissant, banana, museli bar, full English (vegetarian) brekkie, crab sandwich, enormous iced swirled Chelsea bun, 2 pieces raw broccoli, packet of spicy NikNaks, 3 handfuls of dry roasted peanuts.
I love hiking, and I love rest days when it’s ok to eat lots of junk food 🙂

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