^^^We went up to the village of Tintagel, had dinner at the Cornishman Inn, and walked back to Penallick Inn by the road pathway, where we packed for the trip home and turned in early after a very physical day!
^^^One of the shots that everyone takes at Tintagel, but you can see why.
^^^A hiker we met on the way: “There’s not really a castle there, you know. Just a bunch of ruins.” Us: “YAY, RUINS!!!”
^^^Amazing views, too.
^^^”Gallos,” a recent sculpture installation referencing the legend that King Arthur’s castle was here.
Turning north on the Coast Path, we headed to Tintagel Castle. The path was a much easier walk, and took us by old quarries in the cliffs and through lambing pastures.
We made it in plenty of time! Now it was time to face those steps. I do not like going down normal stairs. These took real courage. There was a t-shirt in the gift shop that I wanted that said “I Conquered the Tintagel Castle Steps” but they only had it in children’s sizes. The castle had originally stretched across this gap, but it was on a fault line and that part fell into the sea.
^^^Sandy: “Come on, you can do it! Just a little farther.” Me: *whimper*
There were caves! Neither of us had the guts to go to the very back of one long one, since it got dark back there.
Sandy, who had his reservations at first about coming down here, suggested that maybe we could spend the rest of the day on this beach. But it was our only full day here, and the tide was coming in, and we wanted to go to Tintagel Castle, so we reluctantly left.