A Bracing Beach Walk

The Northern Hemisphere meteorological winter began on Sunday, a bright and crisp dry day with dramatic clouds approaching from the west. Time for a quick drive to the beach for a bracing walk.

St Michael’s Mount is closed during the winter months, but you can still walk across the causeway at low tide to visit the village. The shops, cafés and toilets are all closed as well as the castle and gardens.

The sun is playing hide and seek behind the clouds and the blue sky is retreating further away.

The sunshine has attracted many people onto the beach and dog walkers enjoy the freedom of being allowed here during the winter months. I was hoping to perhaps see some birdlife, but the tide was out and there were probably too many dogs on the seashore.

Energised by our brisk walk we returned to the car after a warming coffee at the Godolphin Arms; crepuscular rays streamed through gaps in clouds and the sea shimmered in the light. Life is good.

Jo’s Monday Walks


  1. Sue says:

    Marvellous day for a walk, and the sun rays through the clouds are great, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Started off totally blue, but those clouds came in quickly!

      1. Sue says:


        1. Heyjude says:

          That wind was cold. Today we’ve been around the hill and no wind so although the temperatures are lower it didn’t feel so cold. I bought some wellies so I can cope with the mud at this time of the year!!

        2. Sue says:

          Good for you!

  2. Happy memories of several wonderful holidays near Marazion. Beautiful pictures

  3. Jackie says:

    Your last photo is spectacular! Snowy morning here and no sunshine.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We had a light frost this morning. I dithered about covering some of my plants last night but left it too late. Oh, well, what survives, survives and what doesn’t can get replaced with something hardier.

  4. Arkenaten says:

    In other words, #$&& cold!

    It’s 15: 25 and 30c here in Jo’burg. Melting in the heat!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Time for a swim and a G&T I think. At yours – not mine 😂

      1. Arkenaten says:

        Well, I’m sure the koi won’t mind!

  5. restlessjo says:

    Isn’t it, though? Good! 🙂 🙂 And these may be some of your best ever photos, Jude. I am enamoured with the light 🙂 On the beach here there was a similar scenario the other day, but without that fabulous backdrop. Thanks, hon!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The light is forever changing down here, which is why I have so many photographs! This was a very short walk compared to your standards, but decent enough for us.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Raining this afternoon. Coffee and sticky honey cake 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Stop it! You know I can’t eat cake! Coffee sounds good though and a decent book.

  6. Beautiful! Life is good indeed 😉

  7. beetleypete says:

    Those good old crepuscular rays! Looks like a lovely walk, Jude. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was fresh Pete, but nice and dry for a change!

  8. It’s so nice you were able to get out for a walk, even if it was bracing. The sky is spectacular. What wonderful photos!

    1. Heyjude says:

      We try to get out on a sunny day and make the most of it.

  9. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog says:

    Absolutely beautiful photographs. You can see why Cornwall is popular with painters.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Anne. Yes the light here is spectacular, even on dull days there are different hues.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Are the people on the beach digging clams or something else?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Most were just walking their dogs.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I wasn’t sure.

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