How can surfing & watersports support English language learning?

Surfing & English: The power of waves to engage language learning

Teenage students enjoying a surfing lesson at Gwithian

One of the key things to remember about language learning – especially when you are studying at a language school – is that not all learning happens in the classroom 🙂

Of course, the classes are important and provide a perfect place to really examine how a language works, but it is also that time after the lesson when the language is fresh in your mind when you really need to put it into practice.

That is when a study holiday programme really comes into its own. That full immersion in the language. Part structured in the classroom, the other part experimenting with the language while out on adventures around Cornwall.

Whenever we go on excursions, it is fantastic to see our students’ language skills develop in the more relaxed environment outside the classroom. And the place we notice this most is on the ocean.

Whether it’s the relaxing sound and feel of the water, or the exhilaration of catching a wave that helps bring down communication barriers and raise students’ confidence, surfing, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), coasteering and other water sports provide a wonderful location to continue our English language learning outside the classroom.  

For our blog this week, we are focusing on surfing, with its invigorating blend of adrenaline and connection to nature, it has become synonymous with the coastal cool of Cornwall. This southwestern corner of England boasts a rich history of wave riding, making it a mecca for surfers from all corners of the globe.

A Look Back in Time: The Early Days

The roots of surfing in Cornwall can be traced back to the 1920s when intrepid souls started experimenting with wooden boards, testing the waters of Newquay’s Fistral & Great Western beaches. These pioneers laid the foundation for what would evolve into a vibrant surf culture. By the 1960s, the sport gained significant traction, becoming an integral part of the coastal lifestyle.

Find out more about the history of surfing in Cornwall on the Cornish Wave website…

Why is Cornwall such a fantastic location for surfing?

Students looking at the waves at Gwenver beach

The best surfing spots in Cornwall & choosing the right one

When it comes to choosing the right spot for your surfing adventure, Cornwall offers a true dilemma: there are so many beaches to choose from and, depending on the conditions, different beaches will be better on different days. This is where are local experience and wide range of surf partners really comes into play. We love taking you to different beaches all across Cornwall and we work closely with lots of amazing surf schools who love welcoming our students into their surf lessons.

Here are our favourite surf (and water sports) schools that we love working with across Cornwall:

  • Shore Surf at Gwithian & Godrevy Beach. Situated slightly further south than our other two suggestions, these beaches are perfect for beginners. They make up part of the long sandy stretch of Hayle’s ‘3 Miles of Golden Sands’, providing ample space to practice and learn.
  • St Ives Surf School at Porthmeor. Porthmeor is one of 4 beaches in St Ives and is one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall. It is in a fantastic location right next to the Tate St Ives art gallery.
  • Newquay Surf School at Great Western Beach. The consistent waves of Great Western Beach and its long surfing history make it one of the coolest places to learn to surf. Plus, it is in the centre of Newquay, so you are in the right place to soak up all the surf culture after your lesson too.
  • Fistral Beach Surf School in Newquay. Known as the surf capital of the UK, Fistral Beach offers consistent waves and a bustling surf culture. It’s a hotspot for both beginners and advanced surfers.
  • Smart Surf School at Sennen. Sennen Beach is situated on the southwestern tip of Cornwall, not far from the iconic landmark Land’s End. It consistently receives powerful Atlantic swells that create excellent waves, making it a magnet for surfers of all skill levels. The waves can be quite powerful, so it’s a favorite spot for experienced surfers looking for challenging breaks.

Whichever place we might go to, there is something special about getting in the ocean and enjoying water sports. It invigorates the soul in a way that not many other sports do. By doing this, it also provides a special atmosphere for quality language learning. It is for reasons like this that Cornwall offers such a special location for an immersive Surfing & English language & culture experience.

If you’re looking for a unique English language learning experience… look no further!

Megan, at Language Tree

Surf lesson in Gwithian with group of summer school students
Teenage students enjoying a surfing lesson
Students jumping for joy after surf lesson

Sunset Chasing in West Cornwall

Sunset Chasing in West Cornwall:

A Coastal Odyssey from Portreath to Hayle

Watching the evening ebb on Gwithian beach

Portreath: Our Starting Point

At 3:30pm, a tranquil ambiance sets the stage for our captivating journey along the stunning Cornish coastline. The goal: a 12-mile walk from Portreath to Hayle, a quest designed to reach its crescendo with the sun’s descent at 8pm. As late August and September paint the horizon, this coastal odyssey guarantees an intimate rendezvous with the ever-shifting sea. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to indulge in a seafood feast or a hearty pub roast in Hayle, as twilight gradually claims the day.

Our expedition embarks from Portreath, a charming harbour village where the cries of seagulls intertwine with the inviting scent of the ocean. Following a path that winds along the cliff tops, the rhythm of crashing waves accompanies our steps. For a change of scenery, you can even begin your journey on the beach itself, starting from the carpark and ascending to the clifftop on the left-hand side of the beach. Here, the unmistakable South West Coast Path acorn signs guide you towards the North Cliffs, protected by the National Trust.

Portreath Beach
Gooden Heane Cove

En route to the North Cliffs, a captivating array of wildlife captures your attention.

Continuing onward you’ll encounter one of Cornwall’s most dramatic coastal marvels – Hells Mouth.

North Cliff Waymarker
Basset Cove
Basset's Cove

As you move ahead from Hells Mouth, Godrevy Lighthouse emerges on the horizon. Keep watch for seals, as this location is among their cherished haunts in the county. In fact, treat Godrevy Point as your next milestone. It stands as a scenic wonder amid the coastal trail.

Porth Kidney Sands

If you like the sound of this adventure, we hope you might consider joining us on one of our English language excursions. Engage in conversation, learn new vocabulary and idioms, all while basking in Cornwall’s natural wonder during our Language Experiences. [click on the link to visit our website to learn more]

Happy Hiking!

– Megan, from Language Tree

Continuar lendo “Sunset Chasing in West Cornwall”

Explore Cornwall’s Great Gardens

Cornwall’s Great Gardens

Do you dream of walking barefoot on a perfect lawn?

To to be surrounded by magnolias as the wonder of spring bursts out from winter?

Or to go dog walking in woodlands covered in a carpet of bluebells? 

spring flowers at Heligan

One of the most poignant stories is that of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Rediscovered in the 1990’s by Tim Smit, the story of this garden is a story reflected through the many gardens in Cornwall and beyond. 

When Tim Smit wandered into the garden in 1990 – it was completed overgrown and ‘lost’. Those who had created the original garden had gone off to fight in the first world war and had never come back. The garden had literally been lost and reclaimed by nature until that day Tim Smit found their names carved into the wall in a toilet block. 

In the years that have followed, the garden has been painstakingly restored. Amazingly the garden’s heart was there all along, just waiting to be pruned back and revealed for us all to see. The magic of a gardener’s green fingers have brought this garden back to life and made it one of the county’s finest gardens to explore with a rope bridge through the tropical valley, a pineapple house and fantastic rhododendrons.

Through the restoration of Heligan, all the gardens of Cornwall have been enhanced and elevated. In a way, they have all been a little bit hidden (and some of the best ones continue to be so!)

We will only tell you about a few here. Firstly, because we want to whet your appetite and secondly because there are so many it is just impossible to introduce you to them all.

We have lived here for 45 years and we are still visiting and finding new gardens to explore around Cornwall!

In our current climate emergency, there has never been a more pertinent time to focus on and enjoy the wonder of the garden.

Of course, in many ways, everything that English gardens have aspired to do have been shaped by colonialism and there is a massive contradiction between the wonder of these gardens and the methods by which the plants have been brought to the UK. Yet on the other hand, they promote biodiversity and provide a museum of plants from around the world. It was such an interesting concept that the Victorian gardeners wanted to create. 

The breadth and depth of the gardens in Cornwall is down to another great contradiction as they have been built on the massive wealth created through tin mining in Cornwall. At one point, Cornwall was one of the richest places on earth due to its massive mineral wealth. It was at this time that these landowners created their paradise gardens to enjoy. 

Lanhydrock, Trelissick, Trengwainton and Glendurgan – gardens full of the most spectacular trees and plants and each with their own idiosyncracies.

From, the national magnolia collection at Caerhays, to the rhododendrons, ferns and camellias at Trengwainton. Walking through the fern forest at Trengwainton, you feel like you could be in a prehistoric land.

The climate in Cornwall just happens to be perfect for these gardens. With steep sided coastal valleys creating mini rainforests. The Atlantic gulf stream ensures fairly constant temperatures all year round. Yes, of course, we all know it can rain a bit in England – but then that is why it is so green!   

One of the greatest things we have discovered through taking our students to wonderful gardens around Cornwall is that it is not just for adults!

All ages love exploring these gardens, we all love what nature provides – that fresh air, the grass between our toes, picnics in the sunshine.

Language Experience to Lanhydrock House for a small group of language students
Language Tree affiliations 2023

Wonderful St Ives

Looking down on St Ives town and harbour from the hill

Art, culture, food & beach heaven!

Strolling through St Ives high street

From our point of view at Language Tree, St Ives is definitely the most fun town to explore in Cornwall!

Its narrow little streets create a wonderful maze of hidden shops, art spaces, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

We have been coming to St Ives since we were children and there are still little nooks and crannies that we discover whenever we visit the town!

One thing you can always guarantee on a trip to St Ives is an incredible variety of food and drink options! From the tastiest Cornish pasties to fine dining and fresh seafood.

(plus, there’s the best coffee and ice-cream shacks dotted around the harbour. But beware! When snacking around the harbour, the seagulls will swoop and nick your treats if you are not careful 😉 

Once you leave the harbour to explore a little winding, cobbled street, you are back in the maze of St Ives. If you’re clever you can find 4, possibly even 5, different beaches to enjoy – each with their own special atmosphere. 

At the bottom end of town (from where you can walk the coast path to Zennor if you join our South-West Coast path adventure), you find Porthmeor beach. On a good day, it is one of the finest surf beaches in Cornwall. And with the backdrop of Tate St Ives, it is a perfect place to hang out and explore. 

Surf lesson in St Ives

Art & St Ives

At the start of the 20th century, with the arrival of the railway, an important modern art movement developed in St Ives.

sculptures in Barbara Hepworth garden

Once you have visited the sculpture garden, you are in the perfect spot to get lost down some more cobbled streets!

Take your time wandering in and out of shops, have a drink in a café, find some of the many mini art galleries that you can browse.

For kids and teenagers, the arcade is a must 🙂 – they have a brilliant selection of video games and machines that teenagers love – and you are right next to the best ice-cream in town too. 

One of the nicest ways to arrive in the St Ives is by train. It is a 15 min train ride from St Erth. Even though it is short, it is one of the UK’s most scenic train journeys as you roll along the tracks around Carbis Bay. 

After the short journey, you arrive in the top end of St Ives, right next to Porthminster Beach – this beach has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to the centre of town. The sea here is normally crystal clear and calm making it the perfect spot for a dip in the sea or even some paddleboarding. Then, after your refreshing dip, there is nothing better than lying on the golden sand to watch the world go by. And with a beach café and restaurant within 100m what more could you need!

St Ives is the town for all ages – there really is something here for everyone!

St Ives train line and Carbis Bay
Porthminster beach in St Ives
Aerial view of St Ives

Amazing water sports around Cornwall

Adult language students enjoying a SUP adventure around St Michael's Mount

Probably the best place in the world for a watersports holiday!

Junior surf lesson in Cornwall

I know we are blowing our own trumpet and we are undoubtedly completely biased!


Please show me somewhere in the world that can beat Cornwall for its range of coastal locations for different types of watersports?!

There is nowhere better to come and enjoy a watersports holiday full of variety and fun. We have our wonderful north coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean with headlands and bays pointing in different directions to ensure there are nearly always some surfable waves somewhere. 

As you travel along this coastline, you find stretches with cliffs towering 200 feet from the beach up to fields above where you can gaze out and wonder at the distant lands out there beyond the horizon.

Then, there are the glorious sandy beaches, some 5km long that are just perfect for meditative walks…

…or even horse riding!

(For those who dream of galloping along a deserted beach at low tide early in the morning, click here for a beautiful horse riding video on Perranporth beach.)

All along this coastline, we have developed partnerships with local companies who we know and trust to provide a fantastic day out for our students.

At Watergate Bay, we work with Westcountry Surf School. Here, you can literally get off the plane at Newquay and be surfing in the sea within 15 minutes of your arrival! 

Then in Newquay – the UK’s capital of surfing – there is Fistral Beach Surf School who have provided many great afternoons of surfing for our students on Cornwall’s most famous surfing beach.

Just around the corner is the Big Green Surf School who can offer both surfing and paddleboarding on the beautiful Crantock beach and the Gannel estuary depending on the conditions.

Summer school students enjoying a SUP lesson at Swanpool beach, Falmouth

One of our main go-to locations is St Ives bay with Godrevy beach at one end and the beautiful picturesque town of St Ives at the other.

At Godrevy, we have one our favourite partners – Shore Surf – who provide surfing lessons along the beach at Godrevy and Gwithian. Then, right in the centre of St Ives, is St Ives Surf School where students can enjoy an afternoon surfing alongside visiting the Tate Art Gallery and the town of St Ives.

Surf lesson in Gwithian with group of summer school students

As you get closer to Land’s End – the UK’s most westerly point, the cliffs are at their most dramatic – on a clear day you can actually see the Isles of Scilly in the distance. 

Here there are special hidden beaches like Nanjizal, with its famous Song of the Sea cave, where you can bathe in crystal clear waters!

OK, we know the water is chilly 🙂 But once you relax your mind to accept the cold water, you will understand its special healing & cleansing power!

Keep going a few miles around this spectacular coastline and you reach the magical Minack Theatre – while we digress slightly from watersports – it is nonetheless part of one of our beach days out.

From Porthcurno onwards, we are now on the south coast of Cornwall. The beaches along this part of the coastline are far more sheltered, but no less spectacular. From Penzance with St Michael’s Mount in the bay to Kynance Cove – Cornwall’s most photographed beach for magazine covers and Instagram posts – these beaches are wonderful for sea swimming, paddleboarding and sailing. On a calm day, there is nothing better than paddleboarding around St Michael’s Mount with Ocean High, our partner watersports school in Marazion. 

Further along the south coast, Falmouth is the main town and harbour. With a long and illustrious maritime history, it is home to one of our summer school centres on the Falmouth University campus. It is such a great location both on and off the water. The vibrant town centre is home to the National Maritime Museum where you can learn about the rich maritime history of this region. 

This stretch of water has been the training ground for many British Olympic champions for rowing and sailing. Carrick Roads, the river estuary that leads from Falmouth to Truro is renowned as one of the world’s best places for sailing with perfect conditions for enjoying days on the water.

Sunset photo of St Michael's Mount with reflections on the water
Beautiful summer's day looking down on Kynance Cove
Falmouth bay and Carrick Roads
School group jumping in the sea at Swanpool - coasteering adventure

From their base on Swanpool beach near Falmouth, they offer brilliant afternoons on the water with their amazing team of staff.

Whether it’s paddleboarding or coasteering their team are inspiring at giving students the confidence to try new things on the water in a safe, engaging way.

And this is the key to all our watersports activities: safe & fun! 

We want to help develop the confidence and skills of our students through trying new things in a safe and fun way.

We have carefully chosen all the partners we work with to ensure their staff provide this high quality service. 

All our watersports partners are fully insured and they provide the highest quality equipment for the sports the students will enjoy. We take our time to understand any additional needs our students have, so we do not put anyone in a situation where they do not feel comfortable. 

Family summer programme - surf lesson at Gwithian beach

While all of these watersports are on the open sea all around Cornwall, there is one more amazing provider of watersports in Cornwall that we use and that is Kernow Adventure Park!

Situated in an old quarry a few miles inland from Falmouth, there is an amazing lake full of inflatables that students love to climb up and jump off.

We hope you’re amazed and excited about all the watersports on offer here in Cornwall! We’ve only scratched the surface of what is available in the region. There is sailing galore, gig rowing, kite surfing, foil and windsurfing, to name just a few.

Make Cornwall the destination for your next watersports holiday 🙂

  • Teenage students relaxing on inflatables in the waterpark
  • Teenage students jumping off inflatables in Kernow waterpark
  • Summer School students climbing up inflatables in Kernow waterpark

Follow in the footsteps of King Arthur

A magical excursion to the legendary birthplace of King Arthur at Tintagel Castle

When we talk about legendary characters, they don’t come much bigger than King Arthur!

The legend and stories of King Arthur are so quintessentially English, they are so embedded in our history.

When visiting the castles and places associated with King Arthur there is a magical feeling of travelling through time. And one of the most atmospheric castle locations in the UK has got to be Tintagel Castle on Cornwall’s north coast. 

There has been a castle perched on the jagged cliffs at Tintagel since at least the 5th Century. The legend goes that it was here that King Arthur was born and living in the cave under the castle was Merlin himself. 

Over the years relics have been found, but like so much of history during the Dark Ages, it is only fragments that have ever been discovered. The rest is filled in with myth and legend. 

We will let you decide if you think this is the birthplace of King Arthur when you visit the castle yourself.

Regardless of how much of the legend you believe to be true, we hope you will agree when you set foot in Tintagel that you are in a special place.

Firstly, the landscape is dramatic: huge cliffs topped with fantastic ruins, views out across the Atlantic Ocean, waves crashing against the rocks and ancient pathways to guide you around the remains of the castle and village. 

Then, there is the energy in the air and the light – you get a feeling of the history and why a castle was sited in this amazing location. 

We love to visit Tintagel Castle with our students all year round with each season bringing a different atmosphere.

On sunny days, we will find a perfect place to enjoy our picnic on the island and soak up the views and atmosphere. 

On chillier days, we will wander back into the ancient town of Tintagel to wander through its brilliant shops full of magic and wizardry. Perfect for those who enjoy little magic trinkets, semi-precious stones or healing scents and candles. 

Like most Cornish towns, Tintagel has a couple of great pasty shops where we can get a delicious Cornish pasty and a cake to enjoy. It’s a fun and quirky town to walk through with references to King Arthur all around.

Tintagel town centre

Alongside our trip to Tintagel Castle, we also like to include an extra little walk to St Nectan’s Glen.

It is the perfect accompaniment to the visit to the castle and the town. 

As you delve deeper into the ancient woodland, you can hear the waterfall in the distance. 

It is such a special waterfall to enjoy. There is time to dip your toes in the healing water and take photos of the waterfall as it cascades down the hillside and through a stone hole. 

Like Tintagel, St Nectan’s Glen is also full of legend and magic and people put their wishes on special ribbons next to the waterfall.

It is a perfect end to our day trip to Tintagel. 

O renascimento da prisão de Bodmin

Derelict picture of Bodmin Jail

Desde a ‘moderna’ cadeia vitoriana, até às ruínas abandonadas.

...e agora uma das mais fascinantes atracções turísticas da Cornualha.

Afiliações de Language Tree

Uma memória viva que tenho da minha infância na Cornualha foi uma viagem escolar à prisão de Bodmin! Foi uma das piores viagens escolares que alguma vez tivemos.

O local era sombrio, húmido e escuro. O edifício estava abandonado. Não havia basicamente nada lá – que viagem escolar horrível que foi 🙁

No entanto, há alguns anos atrás, ouvi dizer que a prisão tinha sido renovada para uma nova e espectacular atracção de visitantes que incluía um hotel de luxo.

Não conseguia acreditar e perguntava-me porque é que alguém pensaria em reconstruir aquele lugar horrível?

No entanto, alguém teve obviamente uma visão maravilhosa do que a prisão de Bodmin poderia ser porque o local renovado é absolutamente espantoso!

Antes do Verão de 2022, levei a minha família a um recce para ver como poderia ser esta nova cadeia de Bodmin. Poderá ser realmente um novo destino interessante no nosso programa de excursões?!

A resposta foi um retumbante sim!

Os meus filhos adolescentes podem ser difíceis de agradar, mas adoraram a visita à prisão de Bodmin e aprender sobre a sua fascinante história – também tinham sido vítimas da anteriormente horrível viagem escolar – mas agora é algo completamente diferente.

Renovado hotel de luxo na prisão de Bodmin
Estudante nas acções da cadeia de Bodmin

A reconstrução da prisão foi feita de forma tão metódica e completa que nenhuma pedra ficou por virar ao devolver a prisão à sua antiga “glória”.

A prisão de Bodmin foi de facto uma das primeiras prisões do mundo a ser concebida em torno dos princípios da Reformas penais Howard que se esforçaram para mover as prisões para além de serem uma masmorra de pura miséria para um lugar onde os prisioneiros eram tratados com uma aparência de humanidade e o seu tempo na prisão foi concebido para ser produtivo de alguma forma.

A parte do hotel de luxo da prisão permite-lhe ficar em antigas celas para reviver a experiência da prisão?! Embora esta não seja definitivamente a minha chávena de chá, demos uma pequena espreitadela pelo hotel e é verdadeiramente espantoso. É como ficar no Ritz dentro das paredes de uma prisão.

Com um preço de cerca de £300 por noite, uma estadia no hotel não faz definitivamente parte do nosso programa de excursões. No entanto, a nova visita à prisão de Bodmin é certamente!

A visita interactiva proporciona uma janela fascinante para trás no tempo ao acompanhar a viagem de quatro criminosos da Grã-Bretanha vitoriana. Aprende-se sobre os seus crimes, o processo judicial e os seus castigos na prisão de Bodmin – todas estas são histórias verdadeiras trazidas vivamente à vida através da digressão.

É uma experiência brilhante, com guias brilhantes. Uma mistura perfeita de educação, cultura e história. Absolutamente perfeito para o nosso programa escolar de Verão.

Claro que, antes de chegar, o foco na história da Cornualha é um tema perfeito para nós nas aulas para dar vida à excursão para os estudantes e ajudá-los a desfrutar plenamente da experiência de visitar a prisão de Bodmin.

chaves originais para as celas da cadeia de Bodmin
Estudantes a uma secretária na prisão de Bodmin
Organização de um grupo escolar na Cadeia de Bodmin

Apenas para completar a nossa visita à prisão de Bodmin, também fazemos pleno uso do facto de estar localizada no Camel Trail.

Esta é uma das trilhas de ciclismo mais populares no Reino Unido. É completamente seguro e todo-o-terreno. Juntamo-nos à pista de ciclismo em Wadebridge e depois fazemos a viagem final até à prisão de bicicleta. É um ciclo de 45min em terreno plano através de belos bosques e seguindo o rio até à prisão de Bodmin.

Estudantes a pedalar num trilho perto de Bodmin

Uma viagem de um dia ao Monte de São Miguel

Sunset photo of St Michael's Mount with reflections on the water

Onde é melhor começar o nosso blog 2023 do que no St Michael’s Mount!

Group walking across the beach to St Michael's Mount

É um dos marcos mais famosos da Cornualha e é um dos nossos destinos preferidos dos nossos estudantes.

Assim, ao Monte São Miguel…

Situado em Mount’s Bay, St Michael’s Mount tem uma longa história rica em lendas e com ligações à sua ilha irmã Mont St Michel, a 200 milhas ao largo da costa de França.

Ambos os locais teriam sido visitados por São Miguel e fazem parte de uma longa tradição de igrejas e mosteiros primitivos localizados em lugares isolados, com origens que remontam a milhares de anos atrás.

O Monte de São Miguel é uma ilha de maré que cria uma paisagem em constante mudança para navegar através dos 200 metros até à ilha.

Na maré baixa, pode caminhar ao longo da estrada para chegar ao Monte. E depois, à medida que a maré entra, há um serviço regular de barco para o transportar através da curta extensão de água. Para aqueles que gostam um pouco mais de um desafio, é divertido caminhar pela estrada à medida que a maré entra com a água à volta dos seus pés!

Mapa antigo do Monte de São Miguel
Estudantes a divertirem-se a vaguear pela maré de entrada na estrada - Monte de São Miguel

Uma vez no monte, o alvo é a Capela de São Miguel.

Este é o edifício mais antigo da ilha e remonta, pelo menos, ao séculoXV. Ao longo dos anos, o castelo como casa tem sido construído em torno da capela. Andar pelos seus quartos é fascinante e há sempre novas histórias para descobrir. Por todo o edifício, encontrará guias do National Trust que adoram contar-lhe histórias do que aconteceu nestas salas ao longo dos últimos 500+ anos.

Na sua história tem sido visitada por reis e rainhas, incluindo a Rainha Isabel II em 2013. Na verdade, as suas pegadas foram deixadas em ouro perto do porto para que possa seguir os seus passos!

A viagem até ao castelo leva-o por um caminho antigo, sente-se como se estivesse a recuar no tempo ao passar pelo jardim até ao monte.

Para os que têm olhos aguçados, cuidado com o Coração do Gigante, incrustado no caminho rochoso.

Diz a lenda que este é o coração de Cormoran, o Gigante, que causou estragos com a comunidade local em Penzance e Marazion. Eventualmente, um rapaz local – Jack, o Assassino Gigante – resolveu o gigante de uma vez por todas e o povo poderia voltar a viver em paz. (Leia mais sobre Jack & Cormoran aqui:

Uma vez passado o coração do gigante, não é muito mais longe para chegar ao topo do Monte. As vistas incríveis sobre a baía abrem-se. Com Penzance ao longe, é uma das mais belas vistas do mundo. Relaxe e mergulhe tudo. Ao explorar a casa, olhe para fora das janelas para ver como as vistas mudam. E depois, no topo do castelo, claro, as melhores vistas de todas.

Vista do Monte Saint Michael's através da Baía de Mount
À procura da pedra do coração no Monte de São Miguel

A nossa visita ao Monte de São Miguel demora cerca de quatro horas. Isto dá-lhe muito tempo para caminhar à volta do Monte, explorar o castelo e também desfrutar de um gelado no jardim.

Há também tempo para relaxar na praia e desfrutar de um pouco de passeio pela Marazion, se quiserem.

SUP group at St Michael's Mount