Although we did not visit this inn until our last evening in Porthleven it is worth mentioning. You have to go out of your way to find the pub but it is well worth the effort. Very friendly with welcoming staff and locals. The food was excellent, we opted for an early evening meal deal that entitled us to a 'free' bottle of wine which was very good value. The whole grilled sea-bass was outstanding and the spiced potatoes certainly left a memorable kick to the palate.
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The evening was rounded off with a few pints of Betty Stoggs which was a fitting end to our two weeks in Cornwall. Only wish we had found this inn earlier.
St Michael's Mount is one of the most famous of Cornwall's landmarks, and is steeped in both legend and folklore. The island contains a picturesque harbour and a spectacular castle with majestic gardens. There are tales that The Mount, as it is locally known, may have been the 'Mictis of Timaeus' as mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia. According to local legend St. Michael, the Archangel, appeared to local fishermen on the Mount in the year AD and it was from this encounter that the island took its name.
A monastery was established as early as the 8th century and became a resort for pilgrims, whose devotions were encouraged by Pope Gregory. The monastic buildings were built during the 12th century and in an earthquake destroyed the original priory church which was rebuilt in the late 14th century and is still in use today. The priory was seized by the Crown, when Henry V went to war in France and it became part of the endowment for the Brigittine Abbey of Syon at Twickenham in The St Aubyn family retained a year lease to inhabit the castle and a licence to manage the public viewing of its historic rooms.
This is managed in conjunction with the National Trust. A local legend tells of a giant named Cormoran who once lived in a cave on the Mount. The legend states that it was Cormoran and his wife Cormelian who were responsible for the construction of St Michael's Mount, building it from granite taken from the West Penwith Moors. When Cormoran fell asleep from exhaustion, his wife tried to sneak a greenschist slab from a shorter distance away. Cormoran awoke and kicked the stone out of her apron, where it fell to form the island of Chapel Rock.
He and Cormoran buried Cormelian beneath Chapel Rock. Cormoran was greatly feared by the locals as he would frequently wade ashore and steal cows and sheep to feed his gargantuan appetite. One night, a local boy called Jack rowed out to the island and dug a deep pit while the giant was asleep. As the sun rose, Jack blew a horn to wake the angry giant who staggered down from the summit and, blinded by the sunlight, fell into the pit and died. He was known as the 'King of Prussia' and was the most successful and notorious smuggler in the area between and running his profitable smuggling operations with his two brothers, Harry and Charles.
Even the name Prussia Cove is taken from his exploits having originally been known as Porthleah. It is said that some of the many caves around the coves were connected to the house above by secret passages. Even though being involved in a shady occupation, John Carter had a reputation for honest dealing. One story tells of how on an occasion when he was away, the excise officers confiscated his booty of tea to the Penzance custom house.
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On his return, Carter and his men broke into the stores at night and carried off all the confiscated cargo, without touching a single article which he did not consider belonged to him. Below are a selection of images taken from from the photo album for this walk. Feel free to browse through these or click on an image to view a larger version in the Gallery.
Post a Comment. Latest walk summaries are basic information sheets for walks that have yet to be fully documented. These provide links to maps, public transport and walks stats, although detailed notes and features are not included. A 5 mile walk through Dunwich forest to the medieval site of the lost village of Hethern Dunwich forest is always a good place to walk and f All you need to know about GPX, electronic mapping and how to use modern apps and mobile devices as navigation devices. Sunday, 30 December An 11 mile walk along the Cornish section of the South West Coast Path between Marazion and Porthleven A moderate section of coast walking with few strenuous challenges as the path negotiates the cliffs from Marazion to Porthleven.
Notes Directions Pubs Features Gallery. Marazion to Porthleven Walk - Essential Information. Maps: The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. Transport: Details of public transport that is required for the walk Bus Service Service Details At the time of walking this route the local 2 bus service was provided by First Kernow and linked Penzance, Helston, Falmouth and Truro. Due to the ever changing landscape of public transport it is advised to use the Traveline website to get the latest timetables and operators Timetable Traveline Website.
Walk Notes This was the 11th day of a two week walking expedition along South Cornwall section of the South West Coast Path using a base-camp at Porthleven and public transport to get to and from each days walk. Return to top. St Michaels Mount. Address Sandbar, Praa Sands Website www. Cornwall Council has chosen to use black arrows on roads. Following a former railway line it means there are no inclines — the whole 18 miles is just lovely and flat, perfect for those that have recently mastered two wheels or for grown-ups carrying precious loads. And the best bit about this route is that it stretches from Wenfordbridge near Bodmin, to the foodie heaven of Padstow, so great for refuelling the family.
National Trust, Lanhydrock Bike Trail This fantastic new bike trail offers a variety of trails for all abilities. The most gentle ride takes you deep into little explored woodland on the estate. Suitable for families and beginners the trail is wide, well surfaced and has no challenging technical features. This trail is also suitable for trailers, tagalongs and disability bikes.
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