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Walking beneath Mont St Michel,  France,  September 2016

Whilst there is now a sleek, modern bridge connecting Mont St Michel to the coast, many people choose to trek across the sands at low tide.  This route has been popular since the 9th century, being a key section of the Camino de Santiago.   Whilst many of today’s sandy trekkers are here for the fun or the physical challenge, or possibly even a beauty treatment for the feet, the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela or still followed by many thousands of people each year.



Copyright Debbie Smyth, 13 October 2017

Posted as part of Scale and Sand

22 replies »

  1. wow, that is one amazing photo. one of the commentators is correct….it looks like a flock of birds till closer inspection. It’s on my dream list to visit Mont St Michel. I’m intrigued though…I didn’t realise it’s connected to the Camino! Which route would it be connected to? I’ll have to investigate


  2. I remember visiting Mont St Michel a few years ago and wandering around at low tide but there was no long line of people then… a very interesting image, brings up lots of connotations nothing to do with Mont St Michel (or the Camino de Santiago). 🙂


    • You may have been there when the causeway was still in place. It was causing massive silting and the island was going to join the mainland permanently. It has been removed and the island is now an island and the tides are as fast and variable as always.

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      • It was about 6 years ago, and I do remember a causeway, you’re right. We spent there about half a day and at low tide we walked out on the sand and took some pictures from the distance…


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