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Carbis Bay to Marazion via St Michael's Way

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  • / Hidden style
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  • / St Michaels Mount in the distance
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  • / Woodland area
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Follow the St Michael's Way Pilgrimage path from north to south finishing at the famous St Michael's Mount in Marazion.
Distance 13.4 km
3:45 h
318 m
337 m
Leaving the north coast at Carbis Bay, this coast to coast section of St Michael's Way follows a number of varied paths south towards Marazion. Passing through rich pasture land off the beaten track, you will walk through the lovely Cornwall countryside. The path is waymarked with the black pilgrim way shell symbol, however you will have to use your navigation skills at some of the indistinct sections. You are met with the iconic St Michael’s Mount in the distance as you descend into Marazion to complete the walk.

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Enjoy your first glimpse of St Michael’s Mount in the distance as you meander through the tranquil Cornish countryside.
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Craig Dickson
Update: September 18, 2018
Highest point
175 m
Lowest point
7 m
Best time of year

Safety information

You will be walking through farmer's fields in the middle section of the walk with horses and cows present, take your time and keep to the outer perimeter. There is one field with an electric fence - don't get too close!

Tips and hints

 There are limited places to stop and get refreshments on the route. It might be a good idea to prepare a packed lunch for this walk. There are a number of shops and bakeries in Padstow to pick up food and water before your taxi will collect you.

Knill's Monument -

Marazion has a pharmacy, toilet facilities and a number of eateries to choose from.



This walk appears in the following itineraries:



Carbis Bay Hotel Car Park (18 m)
OS Grid
SW 52751 38856
50.197974, -5.465836
50°11'52.7"N 5°27'57.0"W
30U 324017 5563552


Marazion town centre

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km – Starting at Carbis Bay Hotel Car Park, facing towards the sea. TURN LEFT up the stairs to the hotel. BEAR RIGHT at the top, following a stone path in front of the hotel with the beach to your right. Follow the stairs around the hotel garden before crossing the railway track. Ignore two sets of steps on your left following the path to a junction.

0.50km – TURN LEFT and follow the sign for St Michael’s Way. Follow the tarmac path uphill until it meets the wider road. Follow this road to the right until it meets the main road opposite Hecla Drive and next to St Merryn Hotel.

0.80km – TURN RIGHT onto A3074 road. Cross road at traffic island and continue on past the Cornish Arms pub on your left.

1.00km – TURN LEFT into ‘Higher Tregenna Road’ and then TURN LEFT again into ‘Steeple Lane’ following pilgrim shell signs. Continue uphill to footpath sign avoiding any gates and nature reserve on route.

1.60 km – TURN LEFT off the road, following sign for St Michael’s Way & Knill’s Monument.

1.80km – TURN RIGHT after Knill’s Monument following the pilgrim’s sign before hanging a left at next sign onto a small track.

2.10 km – TURN LEFT when you meet the road, watch out for oncoming cars!

2.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at crossroads with farm to your right. Avoid temptation to leave road at any farm tracks or gates. Follow road around to the left, avoiding another farm track and public footpath.

3.50km – TURN RIGHT at St Michael’s Way Pilgrim sign onto small footpath flanked by low walls. Continue following the St Michael’s Way sign across a field – aim for the large barns at the rear of the field where you’ll meet a style. Watch out for horses and electric fences!

3.90km – BEAR LEFT after style out of farmyard to the road. Cross the road before manoeuvring another style to your right into a field. Continue STRAIGHT ON keeping to the left side of the field until you reach another style.

4.10km – TURN RIGHT after the style following a wide worn track with fields on either side. Keep right as path widens, climbing a style hidden beside rocks and foliage (see photo.) Follow the path through overhanging bushes, passing a cottage.

4.70 km – At the end of the driveway BEAR LEFT and cross the road. Walk past the Bowl Rock chapel entrance to some stone steps with the familiar yellow arrow guiding you to a wooden style.

4.80km – BEAR RIGHT after second style and aim for the top left corner of the steep hill.

5.20km – Go STRAIGHT ON over the road and style. At the fork continue straight towards the wooden gate following the dirt footpath to a kissing gate.

5.80km – TURN LEFT after swing gate at Tencrom Hill carpark onto the road. TURN RIGHT following the road to a fork in the road.

6.00km – BEAR LEFT down to the road, where you will see the black pilgrim symbol.

6.10km – TURN RIGHT before the houses onto a loose stone path before keeping right and following the gravel track which runs alongside a stream.

6.30km – After the swing gate BEAR RIGHT over the field towards another swing gate on the opposite side. Continue straight over the second field to another swing gate.

6.60km – TURN LEFT and go through the swing gate located between two fields. Continue STRAIGHT ON following the worn grass path to the next gate. Continue following the worn grass path which is well waymarked with the St Michael’s Way sign, passing through another six fields. You will get your first glimpse of St Michael’s Mount in the distance.

7.80km – After crossing the field, navigate the style into a small path through bushes and trees, follow this path down to a second style then continue STRAIGHT ON to the road.

8.00km – TURN RIGHT at the road, cross the bridge next to the ford and continue to follow the road uphill to a junction.

8.10km – TURN LEFT (sharp left) and continue to follow the road uphill. There is no pavement so watch out for cars!

8.50km – Continue STRAIGHT ON the road past the farm and public footpath sign on your left. Avoid the road going left and take the style into the field at the top of the hill.

8.60km – Go STRAIGHT ON keeping the hedge to your right where you will reach a style. Cross over and continue down the centre of the field to a style and a stream.

8.90km – Cross the stream and BEAR LEFT onto the dirt track. Cross another style into a field. Keep to the left of the field, before crossing diagonally to the top right corner – aim for the electric pylon. Pass through the field keeping the pylon to your right until you reach a road.

9.30km – TURN LEFT at road and walk along until you see a small red post box on your right.

9.50km – TURN RIGHT after the red post box onto a track sign posted for St Michael’s Way and Ludgvan, this leads to a style and a stream. Follow the path, taking the left fork uphill.

10.00km – After making your way through the woods, BEAR LEFT at the cemetery until you reach the road.

10.00km – TURN LEFT at road, walking past the Ludgvan Parish Church and White Hart Pub on your left.

10.10km – TURN RIGHT after the pub following the St Michael’s Way sign onto a footpath. Pass over several cattle grids along the well-maintained path passing fields to your left and right to reach a road with a garage in front of you.

10.70km – TURN RIGHT at the road and follow until you reach the main road.

10.90km – TURN RIGHT at the main road junction, cross the road via the traffic island. Continue on to find the footpath to your left.

10.90km – TURN LEFT into field and continue straight along several fields over several styles keeping the hedge to your left.

11.50km – Go STRAIGHT ON over busy road to path slightly to your left. This passes through a wood and duckboards over a marsh leading you to a railway track.

11.80km – Continue STRAIGHT ON over the railway track (with great care) and follow path through woodland, alongside brook and marshlands until you come to a road.

12.40km – TURN LEFT at road and cross the bridge continuing to a T junction.

12.40km – At T junction TURN RIGHT, following the road to another junction.

12.60km – BEAR LEFT at junction and continue towards Marazion. You will find the slipway onto the beach and causeway to St Michael’s Mount on your right as you head into the centre of town.

13.40km – Finish in the centre of Marazion at the viewpoint looking to St Michael’s Mount next to Gadolphine Arms hotel and restaurant.


all notes on protected areas


OS Grid
SW 52751 38856
50.197974, -5.465836
50°11'52.7"N 5°27'57.0"W
30U 324017 5563552
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


There are a number of varied paths on the route, make sure you have a comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots with a sturdy sole. Appropriate clothing for inclement weather is recommended.

There are some steep sections so some walkers may wish to bring walking poles.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Stephanie Loughrey
June 23, 2021 · Community
Towards the end of the walk the footpath is closed meaning that we had to take a long detour along a busy road with no pavement! Dangerous and disappointing
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Footpath closed
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13.4 km
3:45 h
318 m
337 m


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