Tintagel and a Recent Update (Nathan)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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Where I stayed
Tintagel Youth Hostel
It was early evening when we arrived in Tintagel, with the sun still shining. We hiked down a path towards the hostel for several long minutes, admiring the countryside, which was lush and green and full of adorable sheep. The most distinctive feature of Tintagel seemed to be the slate- it was used for building most of the walls between farms and pastures, usually in a distinctive herringbone pattern (we later learned this has a name- I think it was Curzy Way), as well as for roofing and as paving stones
The hostel itself was an old, weatherbeaten structure near the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful view, and we sat there enjoying it while waiting for the hostel's warden to arrive- we had gotten there about a half hour before check-in started. One odd sight we witnessed was a seagull above the cliff just hovering in place for about 2 full minutes, as though he were stuck. Finally one of the other guests at the hostel pointed out the warden, who was sitting on the bench by the door behind us, having apparently materialized there while our backs were turned. We checked in and followed his directions to the town of Tintagel, which was about 8 minutes' walk past the nearby church. The church was surrounded by a beautiful old graveyard full of thin worn tombstones and lichen-encrusted crosses. I got a couple pictures, but decided to get the rest of them the next day- all the tombstones faced one way and the sun was behind them.
The town was beautiful and quiet, though a little touristy. That area has a lot of connections to the legend of King Arthur, and the gift shops made full use of it. We didn't spend a whole lot of time there, just shopped for groceries and had dinner at an Indian restaurant (it was the worst Indian food we've ever had) then headed back to the hostel as the sun was setting and got to bed early
So, now an update from THE FUTURE. For the blog, anyway, since it's two or three days behind. Some of you have been asking where we are now and what our plans are. Right now we're in Salisbury, with plans to visit Stonehenge and Avebury, and either Glastonbury or Bath, in the next couple days. After that we're heading to London for about 5 days, then taking the ferry to Paris for another 5 or 6. I really need to mention what an enormous help Glennica has been- for every hour I spend uploading pictures and writing about our experiences, she spends an hour working out our transportation plans and finding us the best prices on lodgings for the night so we never end up in a last-minute panic. She's already found us rooms in London and Paris and arranged for the ferry between England and France. She doesn't post to the blog much, but none of this would be possible (or at least it would be a hell of a lot harder) without her. Thanks, Glenn!