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For all the saints…

St Michael's Mount - click to enlarge

St Michael’s Mount is a small island very close to the coast which you can walk to at low tide. At the top is a castle and chapel, the oldest part of which dates to the twelfth century. It is still lived in today by the St Aubyn family whose possession of it goes back to about 1650. Although they gifted it to the National Trust in 1954, at the same time they secured for themselves a 999-year lease for an apartment within the castle.

We went across by boat in the morning but when we returned about 1pm, the tide had retreated enough for us to walk across the causeway.

Panoramas from the bottom, and then the top of the castle looking back across to the town of Marazion:

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

We then went to see St Just-in-Roseland, a charming 12th century church with Celtic connections back to the 5th century (and a recently-restored Holy Well with a sign saying don’t drink the water)! It seems to be in a microclimate of its own with many subtropical plants and trees providing a nice setting. From there we went, via a car ferry which took us all of 200 metres across an inlet, to the Roseland Inn where we just scraped in with a lunch order before the kitchen closed at 3:30pm.

St Just-In-Roseland
Roseland Inn

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