Holiday Pictures: Tintagel, Cornwall
Tintagel is a village on the north coast of Cornwall (Cornwall being the south-west portion of the UK). It’s one of the UK’s most visited tourist destinations, due to its association with the legend of King Arthur.
Surprisingly, this was my first visit, and I very much enjoyed it. Tintagel Castle, where King Arthur was reputedly born is the main attraction, and the village is full of shops with information and tourist gewgaws on King Arthur and related items.
I’m going to share some of my photos over a few posts. In this post are the general photos of the village which didn’t fit into a particular tourist spot.
This is an information board of the view of the village, looking back from the castle, plus a photo of the actual view. The village centre is about fifteen minutes walk from the castle entrance, and you can walk the length of the village in fifteen minutes too, so it’s a fairly small place. We went in the off season and it was quite busy. It must be horrendously packed during the summer months.
We walked over to the Camelot Hotel, the large brown building in the first picture, and then took a view looking back at the Castle Island. The Castle isn’t a castle in the sense of one squat little building. It’s built over the entrance to an island and is a series of sprawling ruins. Back in the day, it was basically the gateway to the secluded island in the Dark Ages.
In the village there are a lot of dry-stone walls. These are a pretty common sight throughout regions like Devon, Cornwall and also Wales. Normally, they are made from large round stones. But I’ve never seen one quite like this before. A lot of the castle was also made from these flat stones and it makes for some interesting photographs: