In search of King Arthur

194Bade farewell to Porthtowan today and set off north up the coast. First stop was Bedruthan Steps which descend the cliff face to a picturesque beach. The tide was on the way out and I have to confess to a certain childish delight in being the first to clamber over the rocks and make footsteps in the pristine sand of the next bay. Sadly the nearby National Trust tea shop only takes cash so we had to wait until Padstow for lunch.

Continued on to Tintagel where the Castle has associations with King Arthur. Not much remains these days although it appears that English Heritage are rebuilding various walls that are in danger of collapsing in to the sea. Personally, I’d rather see nature take its course but I suspect the local economy would prefer not to lose its main attraction! Alternating sunshine and showers meant we were treated to a few rainbows over the headland.

Turned towards home this afternoon, stopping tonight at Okehampton in Devon. The town is pretty dead on a Sunday evening and we had an Italian restaurant to ourselves. Bizarrely, the entirety of the staff and the occasional visitor all seemed to be Polish.

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