Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset … We did it all during our ten day trip around the southwest. And the weather – you have no expectations of the weather here, but after the heat wave this summer we were hoping the sun would stay a little longer. It did.
Let’s start with our first day here, it was delicious. We woke up in the Brendon Hills in Exmoor. With sleepy eyes, we prepared our morning tea. Then headed north towards the coast. We had been advised to stop by Watchet and Blue Anchor, so we popped by these two places on our way to Minehead, where we needed some internet. Watchet was the cutest little town, with narrow streets and colorful doors. Blue Anchor had a wide, long coastline, and was more open.
We ended up in Tintagel, which plays an important role in the King Arthur legend. It is said that this is where he was conceived. Hordes of visitors come here every year to see the cliffs where the ruins of a castle is clinging to the rocks. The castle is not Arthur’s. Is said to have been built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall. At the height of the next hill is now a large hotel, Camelot Hotel, with wonderful views over the sea and the coast.
In the main street it seems as if all businesses here are called something with Arthur, Avalon and Camelot.
It is likely that he was from here. The names that recur in this part of the country often start on “Pen …” (Arthur Pendragon) … Then there is the River Camel and the place Camelford …
We talked a little about it all while we enjoyed some Cornish Pasty. We got to park for the night here, so it was dinner and cider out at one of the pubs. The day was worth celebrating, the lovely weather and all we had seen so far. And we had more awaiting us.