I need to update this blog more - probably a sentence most bloggers have written! I started this blog as a way to write for fun, as all my other writing work is paid, and therefore has to be of a certain standard. I'll still write science-based posts here, but because content that requires a lot of research takes some time to write, and because I already so much of it for paid work and my MSc, I am going to blog more for fun! Therefore, here is a heavily picture-laden post of my most recent trip to...
I love hiking, and I love wild places, and having adventures. So it will come as no surprise that Tintagel is one of my favourite places to visit in Cornwall, as it's a lovely wild village found on the Atlantic coast of England, and also home to Tintagel Castle. Although this is a popular tourist attraction, be warned - this really is a place of adventure!
The steepness, however, allows for some breathtaking views...
Tintagel Castle is associated with the legends of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, as folklore tells us that Arthur was born here. Apparently this is thanks to a man who wrote about Arthur's life in his fictionalised account of British history, the Historia Regum Britanniae. In fact, the structures are mostly Norman, built in the 11th and 12th centuries.
There is plenty to explore - easily enough to fill a day with. Tintagel is also a site of archaeological interest, with regular digs taking place, and an annual Archaeology Festival which I hope to attend this summer.
We made the most of our time in this part of Cornwall by going off the beaten track a bit and wandering into the Rocky Valley which is found along the Trevillet River near Tintagel, and owned by the National Trust. Over 161 different species of moss have been recorded in this area.
Trevellett River is beautiful.
Kieve waterfall is stunning, but this was the closest I could climb down to it without getting drenched!
This site has become a sort of worship-place amongst pagan and New Age visitors in recent years, who have decorated it by tying ribbons to tree branches, and leaving behind rocks carved with lovers' names and small trinkets. It's a sweet little place, and one I will go back to one day.
Opposite this site is what remains of the old mill. Does the font of this sign look familiar to you??
And thus ends our adventure! Where are your favourite hiking spots? I will post more of mine soon. After all, the road goes ever on and on...