Saturday, 10 June 2017

Tintagel, Cornwall

After our short visit to St. Just we move on to Tintagel. Here we had booked into The Cornishman Inn, without doubt my favourite of all the B&Bs we stayed in throughout the trip. A good friendly pub atmosphere, excellent friendly bar staff, and also good food. As a bonus they allowed us to leave the car on their car park while we went on a wonder to the castle ruins etc, which was good of them considering we were only booked in for one night.
  And so the following morning we set off for the castle (or I should say a pile of stones) as far as castle ruins go this is definitely the bottom of the pile,(yet another pun) we have better castle ruins here in Penrith ,and they are not much. Its a long steep decent to the ticket/entrance/tourist shop, I was having none of it and let my Daughter walk down while I paid £2 for a ride down in a landrover, and similarly for the return trip (although by then the damage had been done)
   After leaving the ticket area we continued onto a stone walkway for a few yards before turning sharp left and onto a stone staircase set into a cliff. I have since said to friends if you visit said place make sure you take your climbing gear with you, a little exaggeration, maybe, but it was almost vertical.
   On summiting, with now wonky knees, I left the pretty one to wonder off in search of ruins, while I pursued a more profitable venture, I found some birds !!!.

Just beyond a wall (built to stop tourist from trying out free falling) I found these Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis)  
Fulmars, one had just flown in and its mate was on a nest.
Fulmar on nest.
Having seen all we wanted to see on top of the first head of land, we then had to descend all the stone stairs, (not good for anyone who doesn't have a head for heights) to get to the wooden stepped bridge, this crosses a gaping drop to the second head of land, where believe it or not another steep stone staircase to get to the top of the head. It was also very narrow , so there was a certain amount of congestion. But the views.

Didn't want to change lenses so these are with the big lens.
The weather was definitely on our side this day.
What did I find on top of the second head ? I'll show you in the next post.

39 comments:

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    1. Thank you for looking in and your comments,always appreciated.
      All the best, Gordon.

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  2. What amazing views and a very pretty nest. I'm putting your blog on my sidebar. I love seeing your photos!

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    1. Thank so much for your kind comments, and giving me some space on your blog is amazing, thank you again. Gordon.

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  3. Excellent images...wonderful scenic views, both of the gulls and the sea's landscaping. Awesome Gordon.

    Thanks for linking in and sharing your experiences and photos with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!

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  4. Thank you for looking in, and also for being our host.
    Take care, Gordon.

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  5. WoW!! what a beautiful place. i love the sea, it always feels like home to me. these views are breathtaking - i like the rock and rugged ground. the fulmars (are they sea gulls??) are pretty shades of gray and white!!

    that sounds like an adventurous climb but well worth it!!

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  6. Thanks Debbie, it was certainly hard on the old knees.
    Take care,and have a good week, Gordon.

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  7. beautiful views..Worth the climb?? Thanks for sharing..

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Missy, hope you enjoyed your visit, Gordon.

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      Gordon.

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  9. Such a gorgeous place, Gordon! I also love the ocean...the views, the sounds and the fragrance! I find it so soothing and therapeutic. Thank you so much for sharing all this beauty!

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    1. You are welcome Linds, thanks for looking in, Gordon.

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  10. Such pretty birds. Those sea photos are spectacular!

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  11. Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment, much apreciated.
    Have a good week, Gordon.

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  12. so beautiful thisis. Visited Scotlanc once a few years ago and loved to see this kind of nature and wildlife. :)

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  13. Thank you for looking in, Yes Scotland is famous for its rugged coast and beautiful scenery.
    Have a good week, Gordon.

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  14. Beautiful pictures, beautiful seagulls among the flowers.
    Greetings Tinie

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    1. Thats kind of you to say so Tinie, and thanks for stopping by.
      Have a good week , Gordon.

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  15. Like you Gordon I would take the Land Rover to save my wonky legs. By the way, I'm still looking at those number plates,but no success as yet.

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  16. Thanks Phil, keep looking.
    All the best,Gordon.

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  17. Hi Gordon,
    It also looks really great from there.
    Beautiful that the B & B is so well-liked. The view there is also great to see.
    A visit to a ruin is just how you look at it. I found the note of a pile of stones nice for that castle hihi ....
    The nest on the nest is really great.

    Best regards, Helma

    PS by circumstance I've been very responsive and posting blogs.

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  18. Hi Helma, my we have been busy, Thank you so much for visiting and looking in at three of my posts, I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed doing them.
    Have a good week, Gordon.

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  19. Oh the fulmers are wonderful and I like your trip with your daughter -- something for each of you. I bet that LandRover guy could have made double offering to drive people back up who thought it was an easier climb when they walked down!

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    1. I would say you are right Sallie.
      Take care, and have a good week, Gordon.

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  20. Those views are stunning! I think I could deep breath my way through my slight fear of heights to take in views like that. Thank you for sharing your great photos.

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    1. I like your style Jean, thank you for looking in.
      Have a good week Gordon.

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  21. Some very nice scenery, Gordon. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I tried to follow this one but got an error message. I will try again sometime. Cheers, Russell

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    1. Thanks Russell, much obliged, You may have noticed, I have a thumb nail link to your blog, hope it brings you some trade.
      All the best, Gordon.

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  22. Fulmars are great birds - their "I can't bend my wings" approach to flying makes me smile.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. They certainly are brilliant to watch Stewart, thanks for looking in.
      Gordon.

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  23. How beautiful a setting, it reminds me of our Northwest coastline, just beautiful~

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    1. Thank for visiting Mary, and your comments.
      Take care, Gordon.

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  24. I like seeing birds that I haven't seen before. These are some fantastic coastal photos!

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  25. Thanks for looking in Betty, always good to get comments from your part of the world.
    Take care, Gordon.

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  26. The scenery is just stunning!

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  27. Thank you for your comment, and take care, Gordon.

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  28. Magnificent scenery Gordon.
    Don't the Fulmars pick such pretty spots to nest! Great photos :D)

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