Sunday, November 17, 2019

Tintagel



Hello friends, today we're going back to England to visit a most exquisite area of Cornwall.  This is a continuation of our Golden Anniversary trip.  As usual, I'm recording our visit in the order in which we toured for our celebration.

In my journal for this day I see I recorded that it was a lovely bright sunny day in which to travel to the coastline.  Along the way many beautiful sights treated us.


Riding through the countryside we pass many cottages here and there as we leave Devon and ride into the county of Cornwall.


The sight of the ocean always thrills my heart and riding through this beautiful area along the coastline was exciting for me.



Oh England, I never tire seeing your green and pleasant land!  The name Tintagel comes from the Cornish word, Dindagell, meaning "fort on the constriction" referring to the fort or castle on the headland.  Perhaps you have heard that it is believed to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur.  This area has history dating back to Roman times.  


Tintagel Castle (Kastel Dintagel) is looked after by the English Heritage.  After parking our car we check in and walk the very steep hill down to the ocean floor to view Merlin's Cave. My photos don't show how steep the incline is, but believe me we had to take baby steps to descend.


Remember you can click on my photos for a larger view to be able to read the signs if you wish.


The views from all angles were spectacular!




Here at the bottom we went inside the small information center to learn more about this area and its legends.





Back outside of the information center we explore the area more.  All that remains of the castle are foundation walls and ruins.  Many archaeological digs continue to find out more about the castle and life here from over a thousand years ago.







The legendary Merlin's Cave.




This area has been used for many reasons.  You can read about it above.





We did not walk down to the beach, but you can see from this photo how large Merlin's Cave is with the perspective of the folks below.



When you walk down a steep hill, I'm sure you know you must walk back up.  At this point we (I) decided we (I) wanted to pay the 4 pounds a piece for a ride back up the hill!  



We stopped in a little cafe' and had sandwiches.  I was surprised when I ordered a chicken salad sandwich it came out as a breast of chicken and tossed salad on top between bread.  Grayden enjoyed a lovely panini sandwich.  After our lunch we walked about Tintagel and stopped in the Old Post Office.



The Old Post Office is taken care of by The National Trust.  The old wavy house dates from 1380 and is an example of a medieval hall-house.  The house has had many uses, but most recently it served as a Victorian Post Office in the 1870's. 



Walking inside one can tell by the beams and the floors and the hearth that this is a very old dwelling.



As in all National Trust properties, there are flowers from the garden.  I love this and it thrills me to see them every time.



The north bedroom has simple furnishings of the day.



The post room is furnished with the necessary implements of a Victorian post office.



The narrow spiral stairs leads us to the south bedroom.  From here we can see the wavy roof line!



These old beams support this unique roof line.  It reminds of a David Winter Cottage.  So charming!



Out back there is a small garden.  Again, you can view the wavy roof line!





Tic tac toe, anyone?  Or maybe dominoes?  



While in Tintagel, we decided to go inside of King Arthur's Great Halls.  For me it was quite commercial, but if you are a fan of Arthurian Legend I'm sure you would enjoy it.



This hall was built in the 1930's by Frederick Thomas Glasscock for the Order of the Fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table.   Glasscock formed this organization to promote Christian ideals and promote Arthurian medieval chivalry. 



After leaving the King Arthur Hall we walked back to the car park.  The legend of King Arthur certainly lives on here in Tintagel.