This twelve mile stretch was named after the patron saint of high places, and given some of the cross country terrain it covers that’s pretty fitting. St Michael’s Way runs for twelve miles between St Ives, Lelant, Penzance and Marazion and it’s one of the recently rejuvenated pilgrim walks. This route is full of quirky landmarks and stunning scenery and it starts at the church of St Uny in Lelant.
You’ll follow the route inland from Lelant before reaching the curious Knill’s Steeple. John Knill was once the collector of customs for St Ives, and he built the structure as his mausoleum. He died in 1872 but was never buried there as the ground wasn’t consecrated, but it still looms high above St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. Look out for Bowl Rock as you walk on from the steeple too, as local legend has it that it was placed there by a giant many years ago...
As you reach the National Trust area of Trencrom Hill bear in mind that this unexcavated spot is believed to house sixteen hut circles and axe heads have been found on the lower section of this hill that date all the way back to 3500 BC. When you reach Ludgvan you’ll be able to choose between two routes, and both are thought to have been used by medieval travellers.
You can either make your way through marshes to St Michael’s Mount or wander the country lanes to Gulval. The church at Ludgvan once served as a gathering point for the pilgrims following the path, and it would have been a welcome sight to the weary keen to reach St Michael’s Mount.