Exploring St. Michael’s Mount from the ocean is something that has long been on my Cornish bucket list.
(I’ve written a blog post all about this if you’d like to see my ultimate Cornwall bucket list!) But finally we ended up spending an afternoon with the kayaks on Marazion this summer and I got to see the island from this awesome new perspective.
It really feels like years ago since we did this back in early September, but I just hadn’t got around to sharing these photos yet. It’s actually quite nice revisiting these days months later, as it brings back fond memories and lets me relive summer for just a little bit longer.
My dad, my sister, my dad’s friend and I all met up at Marazion car park on a Sunday afternoon with our kayaks in tow. It was the busiest I’d ever seen it there (Cornwall’s been crazy busy ever since the full lockdown ended!), but we still managed to get close enough to the beach to offload the kayaks of my dad’s Landrover, and lug my inflatable ones to the beach to pump up.
I’ve spoken before about my brilliant inflatable kayaks*; super portable and easy to pump up in under 10 minutes. They’re a great choice if you don’t have a car that carry full fibreglass ones, and I’ve had mine for around 5 years without any problems, even on this day which was a little choppy by the beach.
So we all hopped in and paddles around the side of St. Michael’s Mount, the iconic castle island in Mounts Bay. We used to visit the mount as kids, walking along the giants causeway (a stone path that gets submerged at high tide) and up to visit the castle and gardens at the top, but it was spectacular to see all edges of it from the water.
We didn’t quite time the tides right, which meant we weren’t able to kayak over the causeway once we’d gone all the way around. This resulted in having to lug heavy kayaks over the stones and across the beach, when in hindsight we probably should have just kayaked back around!
Oh well, it was a lovely afternoon out and I’d highly recommend this if you’re visiting the area. Marazion beach have a great little watersports company that offer kayak hire, stand up paddleboard hire and more!
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