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02 August 2019

Exploring West Cornwall in August

Our Outdoor Bucket List for Summer – Our Top 5

St Michael’s Mount, Marazion

It would be pretty hard to miss the spectacular sight that is right on our doorstep, so first of all, a visit to St Michael’s Mount would have to be a must-do during your stay with us. Catch a ferry boat from Marazion when the tide flows into the bay and glide across the sea to this magical tidal island. Throughout the school holidays, from Monday – Wednesday, there are a host of activities for the kids to enjoy that include creating nature-inspired keepsakes such as clay monster heads, nautical flags and mini catapults. And that’s just the start of your adventure – find the giant’s heart as you walk to the summit, take in panoramic views from Mousehole to the Lizard Peninsula, explore a castle that has been a monastery, fortress and home, and the list continues…

Did you know?

Colonel John St Aubyn purchased the Mount from the son of Sir Francis Bassett in 1659 and the St Aubyn family still reside in the castle to this day.

Jubilee Pool, Penzance

Head slightly around the bay to Penzance along the South West Coast Path and you will discover the Jubilee Pool, an art deco, seawater lido. Designed in the 1930s and opened in 1935, the year of King George V’s Silver Jubilee, the pool was built on the traditionally popular bathing spot of Battery Rocks – which is still frequented by many local swimmers. After severe storm damage in 2014, the future of Jubilee was uncertain, but community fundraising saved the iconic pool and is now run as a social enterprise in the form of a charitable Community Benefit Society. Be sure to visit their poolside café and keep an eye out on the various events they host throughout the year.

Did you know?

The pool is filled with 5 million litres of seawater and the tides are used to circulate and clean the water daily. The cycle of fortnightly higher tides is used to completely empty and refill the pool.

The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno

A little further afield, overlooking the rather tropical colours of Porthcurno beach, is the Minack. Dubbed as one of “the world’s most spectacular theatres”, the Minack was carved and built into the rockface by Rowena Cade, and her gardener Billy Rawlings. It all began when Cade and Rawlings made a terrace and rough seating for a local group of players, and from there the birth of this world-famous open-air theatre began! Not only can you catch a full programme of drama, musicals, opera, storytelling, and live music, with the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic, the Minack also boasts a beautiful sub-tropical garden and exhibition centre.

Did you know?

The word Minack comes from the Cornish word “meynek”, which means a rocky place.

Men an Tol, Madron

Thought to date back to late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, Men an Tol, also known as the Crick Stone, consists of four granite stones and is believed to be the remnants of a stone circle. Holed stones are extremely rare in prehistoric Cornwall, with only one similar site – the Tolvan Stone in near Gweek, making Men an Tol a rather unique site. There is a wealth of folklore, myth and tradition surrounding this location, from curing ailments to its charms against witchcraft.

Did you know?

Men an Tol is believed to have curative and magical powers with the holed stone thought to aid fertility. Local legend claims that if at full moon a woman passes through the holed stone seven times backwards, she will soon fall pregnant.

The South West Coast Path

From Morwenstow to Cremyll, and everything in between, Cornwall has some of the most stunning walks that meander along the coast. Discover coves used by smugglers in years gone by, miles upon miles of golden sands, quaint fishing villages with ancient harbours and rugged clifftops bursting at the seams with wildlife. From Marazion, why not head west towards Mousehole and Lamorna, or discover Prussia Cove and Rinsey Head.

Did you know?

Cornwall has the longest coastline in England with over 400 miles of coast.

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