We'd had a wretched visit to Land's End earlier in the week-end, feeling thoroughly disenchanted with the Disneyesque travesty of a famous landmark, not to mention the foul weather. What a joy to travel on to St Michael's Mount. Fine weather helps, of course, but we were enchanted with our visit. Friendly car park attendants point out the appropriate jetty to catch the ferry over from Marazion. This costs £1 per person (each way). Please note the steps at either end can be steep and not for everyone. Check out the website for tide times and access to the causeway. We overlooked this and the tide hadn't quite dropped enough to enable us to try out the return on foot.
We tried out the cafe; some of the best pasties of our trip and quite obviously home-baked. The pleasant service made an agreeable contrast to Land's End too. I chose not to make the climb up to the castle (£7.50 adult admission), so while the wife trekked on, I took the free afternoon tour of the village and harbour guided by the village warden. Highly informative and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We finished off with tea in the restaurant. Again, exemplary. As someone has commented elsewhere, this is arguably the best of all NT sites and a pleasant contrast to Disneyfication elsewhere. We rounded off the return journey by walking in from the Chapel Rock jetty via the landward end of the causeway and then strolling along the sandy beach to the car park. A 'must visit'.
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