Throughout Europe there is a network of pilgrim routes which lead to one of the three most important places of Christian pilgrimage in the world - the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, North West Spain. The St Michael's Way Trail is one of these routes.
St. Michael's Way was thought to have been used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers, especially those from Ireland and Wales, to avoid crossing the treacherous waters around Land's End. Dating back to pre-historic times (10,000BC - 410AD), it is believed that this route assisted in Cornwall's rapid conversion into a Christian faith.
Description of the walk
The trail stretches from Lelant (near St. Ives) to Marazion (near Penzance) and stretches 12.5 miles/19.5 km.
How the walk is signposted
Pilgrim ways are often indicated by the traditional Pilgrim's symbol of a scallop shell. St. Michael's Way has been signposted and waymarked in both directions using a stylistic shell based on the Council of Europe's sign for pilgrim routes. The directional arrows are coloured yellow for footpaths, blue for bridleways and red for byways. Cornwall Council has chosen to use black arrows on roads.
How to get there
Rail: Catch the mainline train to St Erth and then change for stations to St Ives, including Lelant.
Facilities and parking
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