Monday, 23 April 2012

20. Trebarwith Strand and Tintagel - back in Cornwall!

 
Yes, I'm back in Cornwall again.  If you've been hopping in and out of my blogposts during this challenge, you will probably have noticed I'm a tad obsessed with Cornwall.  We had so many happy holidays there when the kids were younger (we didn't see the point of taking them abroad and then feeling resentful because we had to keep getting off the sunloungers to PLAY with them) that it is a county that will always be dear to my heart.
 
We holidayed close to Tintagel - the legendary birthplace of King Arthur - in 1998 when the kids were 6 and 2.  The ruins of Tintagel Castle are extensive, but are set on top of a cliff so our visit was a slightly alarming experience with a lively 2 year-old in tow!  Our daughter didn't want to leave the castle (now nearly 16, history is still her favourite subject) and then our son got the hump about something or other and my enduring memory of the visit is us dragging them back down the hill into the village with them howling their eyes out.  In the end, I don't think either of them could remember why they were crying but they still couldn't stop!  We ended up laughing - if we hadn't, we'd have ended up crying too...
 
Trebarwith Strand is a popular little beach close to Tintagel, excellent for surfing and also a great place for the kids to play as there are lots of crops of rocks and large pools.  It was here that Barry and the kids hired their first wetsuits and did 'boogie boarding' (lame surfing for amateurs).  We also had the dust-caps stolen from our car wheels one time, but we won't dwell on that!
 
These are photos of photos, so apologies for the quality.
 


Tintagel Castle



 Trebarwith Strand







 

7 comments:

Gwen said...

King Arthur's from Tintagel? I love Arthurian stories, I'll have to visit.

Claudia Moser said...

Lovely location!

Francene Stanley said...

All my books are written about Cornwall, and Tintagel gets a mention in several. Nine books in all. There's something about the area that fascinates me. Thank you for these pictures. The rocks are great. Dramatic.

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Shelley Sly said...

That looks like a fun vacation. I'm glad you had such a nice time!

Annalisa Crawford said...

A Cornish place I've never been to! I love the legend of King Arthur, so one day I really should.

Great photos, by the way!

Dana said...

I have a friend who would love to go there (if he hasn't already)! He loves all things Arthur. :)

L.G.Smith said...

Oh, Hilary at Positive Letters has a post on the history of Tintagel castle today, so I knew before I read this that it was the birthplace of King Arthur.

What a cool place to visit. Maybe not with a two year old, but still...The kids are adorable by the way, and what a great gift to take them to such historic places.