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. bushboy says:

    Lovely photos Jude. I can’t imagine a whole place being closed for the Winter

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it is to give the people who live on the island some peace and quiet.

      1. bushboy says:

        That is quite understandable

  2. Suzanne says:

    Nothing like a windy walk to blow away a few cobwebs. Jude, I love the last capture with the sun breaking through the clouds, dramatic and that sort of image is always enjoyable. We are having a blustery day with a storm approaching. So I’m happy to get home before it descends on us.

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    Thank you,Jude. I’ve been waiting for these photos of St Michael’s Mount since you first mentioned it to me. It’s a lovely sight.

  4. Superb cloudscapes and almost-ant people, with the glorious climax of the fingers of god. Last time I saw them so dramatically was in Jordan in 2000 on my last day of the Pella dig.

  5. Chloris says:

    Lovely atmospheric shots, you are a whizz with your camera Jude.

  6. Top shot is particularly lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Anabel, it was a lovely day.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Being able to walk on a beach — yes, life is good.

  8. susurrus says:

    I love the beach pictures, and the Mount, but what struck me most was the stone of the paths and the building – their sweeping lines.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The stonework and the cobbles are lovely. Glad you like the pics 😊

  9. That must be very cold when there’s a winter wind sweeping through! Stunning, though.

  10. Beautiful colours in these photos!

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