Day 317 St Michael’s Mount and No “Sun at Praa Sands”

Friday 17 June 2016

Marazion to Porthleven

13 miles

Mill Lane Campsite

After all the heavy rain during the night I awoke early to sunshine so I packed away quickly and headed into Marazion. 

it was really strange how the towns of Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole were lit by sunshine while everywhere else was in the shade
The causeway to St Michael’s Mount opened from about 8 am so, when I arrived at 8.30, I had the place almost to myself because it was early. 

walking across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount
For over 3 centuries around 1000AD St Michael’s Mount was controlled by the abbey of Mont-St-Michel. It is now jointly owned by the St Aubyn Estate and the National Trust. The St Aubyn family has been living in the castle since the 1650s. It does look magical. I was too early to go into the gardens or the castle but I did get a look around the information room and a chance to enjoy the solitude in the sunshine. 

the entrance to St Michael’s Mount
By 9.30 a steady stream of people were starting to cross to the island so I walked back across the causeway. Workmen were rebuilding parts of it that were destroyed in the January 2014 storms. Clouds now covered the sky and I ducked into The Godolphin Arms for some breakfast. I ended up staying for longer than anticipated as heavy rain started falling. 
where has the sun gone?
Two coffees later and I had to leave. The rain was easing to a light drizzle, which was on and off all afternoon. 

Cudden Point, looking across Mount’s Bay
the sea still beautifully clear, looking towards Praa Sands and Trewavas Head
I headed out to Cudden Point and around to Prussia Cove; a tiny settlement with An interesting name, evidence of an ancient slipway and 2 thatched cottages. 

a tiny thatched cottage at Prussia Cove
Prussia Cove
Just around the corner, at The Enys, was what looked like an Elizabethan mansion. Had I stepped back in time I wondered?

The Enys (spot the outside shower in the hedge!)
Approaching Praa Sands and the rain was falling again. This was not right, according to family folklore it’s always sunny at Praa Sands! There was still one family sitting on the beach in waterproofs. They must have been English. No Punch and Judy today! I stopped at the beach cafe for a cup of tea and a cake, and a break from the rain. 

No sun today at Praa Sands
Around Trewavas Head I saw a Cornish Chough and a load of rock climbers. I was back in tin mining country and walked past 3 old mine workings. 

Wheal Prosper
climbers on the cliff
I reached Porthleven and briefly stopped to admire the harbour before heading to the Post Office. I had to collect my latest map parcel that I had sent to me before I decided to take a trip home. I was delighted to find several birthday cards sent post restante as well – thanks to those that sent them. Had I not gone home I would have received them on the correct day, this way I let myself have a 2nd birthday and decorated my tent with the cards. 

Porthleven, with its enclosed harbour
Birthday dinner was a curry and a pint in The Harbour Inn.

lots of fox gloves (looking to Trewavas Head from Cudden Point)
more pink flowers (Keneggy Sands and The Enys)
more fox gloves (looking from Trewavas Head to Porthleven)

3 thoughts on “Day 317 St Michael’s Mount and No “Sun at Praa Sands”

  1. jstumm June 17, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Noooo, how could there not be sun at Praa Sands? Though it must have been sunny in Crantock or Holywell – we did only go to Praa Sands when it was raining elsewhere. How funny! Lovely pictures, especially the outside shower!


  2. Chris Frazer June 18, 2016 / 5:25 am

    Only special people have two birthdays…….!!! You and another special lady who was 90 last week. Happy Birthday Juice…..I suppose all the rain is keeping the Pixies hidden?


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