Stonehenge! We saw Stonehenge!
Trip Start May 18, 2013
28Trip End Jun 15, 2013
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We arrived yesterday afternoon to a gorgeous sunny day down at the seaside and a very welcoming pub to stay in.
But more on that later cos we saw Stonehenge!
It was only 30 minutes up from the road we were traveling on to get to Cornwall, and man, well worth the diversion.
The Google map directions were telling us we were nearly there and then we came over a hill and Whammo! There it was! Just sitting in the middle of the paddock with the main road going right beside!
I don't know what we were was expecting but I know it wasn't that! I think I expected big fences or big museum buildings that you had to walk through to get to it
I know it's only a bunch of stones in a paddock but they are 4500 years old, and there are so many 'why's' about the place. Like why did they drag these huge stones 400 miles from Wales? And why are some shaped and some left rough? Why is there a ditch right around it?
It is one of those monuments that you just have to see. It really is incredibly large. Sadly you can now only walk around the outside of it, but considering that only half of the stones remain due to sightseers taking souvenirs over the centuries, or using it to build houses & roads it's totally understandable.
We certainly got there at the right time too (1000 am) as we just walked straight up to the ticket booth, whereas the tour group line had a huge queue with all the buses that had arrived. By the time we came out and 1130 it was the opposite. Just for us. We also walked up the paddock to see the Burial Mounds. Amazing but you can walk right over these! Built at the same time as the Henge and originally covered with white flint, these little domes are scattered all over the countryside near the Stonehenge. Picked up a couple of rocks for Maude & Kath too - real rocks from the Stonehenge!
But Cornwall was calling so onwards we must drive. Through Somerset, Devon and then finally over the Bodmin Moors (but didn't see any Hounds of the Baskerville!) and into Cornwall.
Seriously, there is no flat land here. It is all just rolling hills. Once you go down one lot, you go up another, or round it or something but it is all gently rolling hillsides.
So different to any other area we have been in.
Exactly how Google Maps said it, we arrived at the turnoff to Charlestown on time, where we were staying. I was a bit worried as the villages leading into it were a bit, well grotty, but this town is just gorgeous. Set right on the harbour, it isn't hard to imagine how it was in the 18th century when my great great great great something relation, Charles Rashleigh set about building this town.
The port was set up solely to load the big ships, (which are still in the harbour) complete with the loading chutes for the tin, and a lock to protect it from the low tide. It is amazing to see. Smaller fishing boats use the lower harbour just inside the sea wall. We had a great time exploring the docks and sea walls that protect the harbour, wondering how they got the big granite slabs into place
The Rashleigh Arms where we are staying is absolutely wonderful. The owner, Lucy checked us in and showed us around, and it was like we were talking to our big sister. Also from the point of view that she was doing 2 things at once just like my big sisters, but that's another story!
After dinner we came back down to the harbour on a photo expedition - once all the tourists had gone home.
It was so quiet and peaceful - and we nearly got a sunset. There was a glimmer of colour in the sky, but like elsewhere in England, that was sadly all.
Still some great photos for you to look at.
Have fun and we'll talk to you soon!