Durdle Door, Man Of War and Lulworth CoveMan Of WarDurdle DoorBBC panaramic view of Man of War and Durdle Door.Lulworth CoveStair Hole
The coastguard was called out because these lads were suspected of trying to 'tomb-stone' from the top. Luckily it was a false alarm. They were only jumping from the top of the cave mouth. Only a week before a lad jumped from the top of Durdle Door and put himself into intensive care
, so the coastguard had to take the call seriously.
Bucket and spade tree
I took this photo for DDL15s Art and textile coursework.
Tintagel, Widemouth and Bude
I love Tintagel
and I usually love window shopping in Tintagel. The shop windows are full of Arthurian merchandise; Merlins and dragons etc. Besides cross stitch stash, this is shopping heaven.
According to one legend the infant Arthur was thrown by the waves on the beach by Merlin's cave. King Arthur's time in history was in the fifth century. He is identified with the known history of a Celtic chieftain of the period who led his countrymen in the West in their resistance against Saxon invaders. Many believe that Arthur was of a mixed Roman and British parentage.
It is always difficult to prove if Arthur did exist but certainly there was a great warrior in the West of England who had some kind of fortress where Tintagel Castle, (King Arthur's Castle) is today. The original fortress has gone but archaeologists have found proof in their diggings on the Tintagel Castle, that fifth century citizens lived on the site. The replacement Castle was built between 1230-1236 & is now nearly 800 years old. Within two hundred years the Castle was in ruins & remains so to this day. Earl Richard of Cornwall paid for the construction of the Castle & it is owned by the Duke of Cornwall.
For many years it has been managed by English Heritage, who are the agents for the Duke.
We have been to Tintagel before when the kids were all a lot smaller, the boys still went on holiday with us and before DDK7 was born. Last time we paid a fortune to English Heritage to enter the castle. This time we were able to go down on to the beach as the tide was out and explore Merlins Cave. I also ventured up the coast path a little to get this pic.
Entrance to Merlins Cave taken from inside
Inside Merlins Cave looking through to the other end
Waterfall onto the beach
After beating a hasty retreat from Tintagel we went on to Bude, stopping off to look at Widemouth on the way.WidemouthBude
I sure that there must be more to Bude than we actually saw but as you can tell from the darkness of these pictures signaling impending rain, we didn't have chance to see much of it. Our visit was cut short by much wetness. We were intrigued by the canal joining the sea.