Cornwall conclusion

There were so many beautiful places in Cornwall, it was difficult to decide where to go next. Our last day loomed and we made the most of it. Padstow was traditionally a fishing port, situated at the mouth of the River Camel estuary.

1.Padstow2.Padstow

It is now a popular tourist destination and yachting haven.

3.Padstow

The former customs house offers accommodation in a gorgeous old 3-storey building.

4.Padstow

Restaurateur Rick Stein owns several restaurants and businesses in the town, in fact, we have heard the town referred to as ‘Padstein’. There are also many eateries not owned by him.

5.Padstow

We had a bite to eat in the sunshine at The Shipwrights

6.The Shipwrights

while taking in the peaceful surroundings and magnificent view.

7.Padstow8.Padstow9.Padstow

Our next port of call (no pun intended) was Port Isaac, a fishing village since the 14th century. We explored the narrow, winding streets lined with old white-washed cottages,

glimpsing the majestic cliffs across the harbour.

14.Port Isaac

On top of the cliff, this impressive Victorian house, now a B&B, would have the most stunning views.

15.Hathaway B&B

True to form, we found a pub. The Golden Lion dates back to the 18th century and has a smuggling tunnel leading down onto a causeway on the beach.

16.The Golden Lion

We found a sunny spot on the terrace with a different perspective of the cottages

17.Port Isaac

and a fabulous view of the harbour.

18.Port Isaac

Those who have seen the TV series Doc Martin are probably thinking this is all familiar.

Bert Large’s restaurant was incognito

21.Port Isaac

but there was no mistaking this well trodden path.

22.Port Isaac

I don’t know how the Doc could be so grumpy with this outlook from his house.

23.Port Isaac24.Port Isaac

The time had come to move on, we were too late getting to Tintagel to walk up to the castle ruins.

25.Tintagel Castle

The legend of King Arthur has surrounded Tintagel since it was named as the place of his conception in the 12th century.

26.Tintagel Castle

This may have inspired the Earl of Cornwall to build a castle on this site in the 13th century.

27.Tintagel Castle

In the cliff below Tintagel Castle, Merlin’s Cave can be explored at low tide

28.Merlin's Cave

but not today.

29.Tintagel

The Old Post Office in the village of Tintagel was built in 1380 as a farmhouse. It has served many purposes but has always been a home, its final use as a letter-receiving office for the village during the 1870s.

30.Old Post Office

The nearest village to our accommodation at Trevigue Farm was Boscastle. We had ventured there the previous night and dined at The Wellington Hotel, one of the oldest coaching inns in Cornwall dating back to the 16th century.

31.The Wellington Hotel

The steaks were mouthwatering.

32.The Wellington Hotel

We returned to Boscastle for a closer look.

The area was settled in the 12th century and, being the only safe harbour along 40 miles of coastline, was a commercial port throughout most of the 19th century. The houses along the River Valency were idyllic

35.Boscastle

belying the devastating floods of 2004.

36.Boscastle

There were a few dining options

including The Cobweb Inn, an off-licence since the 1700s.

40.Boscastle

We had a wonderful meal at The Riverside, built around 1854. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo.

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