• Steeple Woods

St. Michael's Way

Cutting across the Reserve, the ancient pilgrimage route of the St. Michael's Way is an ever popular attraction for visitors and locals alike.


At the top of the Reserve, surrounded by heathland, is the Knill's Monument. Everyone on the route stops here for the glorious coast-to-coast views (and a well earned rest).


The route is well signposted, with new posts and waymarkers added during 2022.


St. Michael's Way signpost.
St. Michael's Way signpost.

The route is part of the (much) bigger pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago.


Camino de Santiago sign.
Camino de Santiago sign.

The destination for the Camino is the resting place of St. James (San Tiago in old Spanish) in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostella in Galicia, northern Spain. There are many routes to Santiago and the St. Michael's Way is part of the English route (the Camino Inglès).


If you get your St. Michael's Way passport fully stamped it counts towards the official Camino pilgrimage distance.


One curiousity to look out for is the carving of a pilgrim over the door at Ludgvan Church.


Carving of a pilgrim at Ludgvan Church.
Carving of a pilgrim at Ludgvan Church.

You can find out much more about the route and its history here.