Not for the Faint of Heart PART II
Oct 11, 2011
|Clovelly Historic Trail
During the second world war many children were sent to Chovelly to get away from from bombings in London, Bristol and Plymouth
Clovelly Dykes - 800 B.C. Second largest Iron Age hillfort in Devon. Some think it once had been the site of King Arthur's Camelot.
Clovelly Church - From 1050 A.D. was probably built on the sight of a Saxon thached church
Clovelly Quay - 1350 to 1826 A.D. is a drystone quay
Perhaps the pictures can depict the steep incline the we humans, without vehicles had to indure. By the time we went down and then back up, I was a wreck. Clovelly's High Street drops 400 metres in elevation over the course of it's 800 metre length - which is a 50% gradient to the sea, Barnstable Bay. The street itself is cobbled using pebbles from the beach below, which the sea had spent millenia smoothing before being used in the street's construction. This combination of smooth pebbles and the steep gradient make it absolutely essential that you wear sensible shoes with a decent grip as even when the cobbles are dry they are still treacherously slippery and now that the leaves are falling, it only adds to the anticipation of a fall.
Tintagel, Cornwall (translated Din Tagell, the Fortress of the Narrow Entrance) It is an English Heritage property. (Forrabury)
No trip to this area would be complete without looking in on the tales of King Arthur conveived in 1136 by Geoffrey of Monmouth. The castel fell into ruin by the late 15th centruy.
Now that you have the history part of this blog, the Part II was when the GPS/SatNav/TomTom directed us out of Tintagel. When we saw the single lane and the steep incline we knew we were in for it again. Negotiating the down part, we pulled into a pub at the bottom to try and recinoiter our situation. You guessed, we had to make a very steep climb and then, then...... a left turn back on itself and up an even steeper hill. Sam though we were in a pickle again, as he had to reverse while rolling backwards down the steep incline. Sam's other comment was "this is a civilized country, why are the roads so uncivilized".
Well, we are going to head back inland for the night as accomodatin is sparce in the areas from here to St. Ives which my original route was to take us. Of course there is another reason for spending the night in
It has the largest fabric store in UK and if we were to travel along the coast, the shop would have been closed by the time we arrived. Truro Fabrics is the home of Kate Middletons wedding dress fabric. I feel like I just touched history.
Spending the night at the County Arms Inn, a very nice and new Hotel and Pub.