To Be (Or Not To Be) A Pilgrim


Down in St. Ives, Cornwall and feeling frisky? Feeling adventurous?

Or, possibly more importantly, feeling guilty?

Then why not atone for those sins, fight the flab and treat your eyeballs all in one go by walking St. Michael's Way. [If I walked St. Michael's way I wouldn't need the operation!].

The walk is claimed to be based on the medieval pilgrims who were travelling from Wales and Ireland to either visit St. Michael's Mount here or other shrines in Europe, in particular the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Rather than risk going round Land's End, they would jump ship at Lelant and walk across the peninsula.

Unfortunately, there isn't a lot more official info that I could find. The walk gets a mention on the Cornwall County Council website and there are some signs in St. Ives (near the train station), St. Uny's church and at Ludgvan. Didn't spot one in Marazion but I wasn't particularly looking as they all say the same thing.

This is what they look like and as they are virtually impossible to read at anything less than point blank range click on the link below for edited highlights:-

Translation

St. Michael's Way Sign

Well, whatever makes you feel good .....

..... but one thing you need to know if you are thinking of following in their footprints is that people with their eyes on heaven aren't usually paying attention to where they put their feet .....

..... which may explain why this walk is so erratic.

One thing you'll need on the is walk is a good map .....

..... and possibly a crystal ball.

It's not a hard walk but, boy, is it a bugger to locate at times.

So, here are the maps. [Sorry that they are plural but the technology that lets me blag the OS maps doesn't allow me to do a 'big picture' map.]. That said, I'm not sure it would make any more sense anyway.

Map 1 is from St. Uny's pad to Trencrom Hill. St. Michael's Way Route Map 1
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*
Map 2 is from Trencrom to Ludgvan. St. Michael's Way Route Map 2
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*
Map 3 is from Ludgvan to St. Michael's Mount. St. Michael's Way Route Map 3
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*
Map 4 shows the alternative route from Ludgvan to St. Michael's Mount via Gulval. St. Michael's Way Route Map 4
Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.*

So, fellow pilgrims, let us go forth. Sing everyone:-

"He who would valiant be ....."

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