Funster Birthday Weekend – Padstow, Tintagel and Rough Tor   14 comments

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Onto our final day of the birthday weekend. A much soggier and wet outlook plus the need for a waterproof for me, having forgotten to bring one, saw us head into Padstow.

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Despite the commercialism I like Padstow and out of season it returns to being a quiet Cornish fishing village

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We took an easy stroll around the harbour and up towards the war memorial. The views over the Camel estuary, Doom Bar and Daymer Bay were superb

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Dark clouds were billowing and heading our way so we had to turn and flee. Not before this rather fine shot of storms approaching while we grabbed the last rays of sun

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My new cagoule got a try out but heavy rain put a stop to Padstow fun, so we moved on, figuring driving through the rain was better than walking in it. On  whim we went to Tintagel as I’d not been there since I was a kid. By the time we got there the sun was out again and all was fine. We declined the offer of over £20 to look around the castle. Whilst the position is dramatic and evocative the word “castle” somewhat overplays the hand of English Heritage. Lots of steps and a few sparse walls sums up this monument plus a few “King Arthur had a pee against this rock” plaques is pretty much all you get. The views and the coast are undeniably superb but so is the coastal path to the north which is free so that’s where we went

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Its a magnificent walk around Barras Nose to Willapark

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These are The Sisters

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Willapark was superb and completely deserted, we had the whole place to ourselves

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The views north towards Boscastle were especially fine

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The cliffs on the south side are frighteningly sheer, one of those places you feel you could step off the edge and fall straight into deep water. We stayed dry as well, always a bonus

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Afternoon was pressing on and there were showers in the air. Most people would have decided to head home but we are better than that. Never ones to waste precious winter daylight we took a short drive to the edge of Bodmin Moor with a view to a final walk up Rough Tor. We pass by this summit on our way to and from Cornwall holidays so I was keen to take a look. We brewed up in the car waiting for a window in the weather which duly arrived

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It was memorable walk to finish the weekend, just a short walk from the car to numerous granite tors that spread across the summit

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The light was fading and not easy for photography but I was able to capture some nice shadows and spooky outlines

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I was in my element scrambling about the rocks but the light was fading fast and the cold seeping into the soul. We enjoyed a few more shafts of sunlight and brooding views before we headed down to begin the long drive home

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A weekend that started on the granite tors of Dartmoor finished with an equally fine walk on the Bodmin variety

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We had one final treat in store. As we drove away from the car park we noticed that a huge flock of starlings was gathering in a nearby wood to roost. We pulled over and watched mesmerised as thousands of birds swooped no more than a couple of feet over the car and swirled above our heads. They put on show for 10 minutes or so and we were so entranced it never occurred to me to take any photos or video.

A birthday treat for TBF to remember and I quite enjoyed it as well

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14 responses to “Funster Birthday Weekend – Padstow, Tintagel and Rough Tor

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  1. Cornwall is another area I don’t really know at all. I’ve always rather fancied visiting it in winter – dark nights, wild storms, spooky stories etc. A rather romantic view of it, I suspect!

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    • Its ever so slightly less than romantic in the height of summer but in winter its well worth a visit. There are loads of quiet spots away from the crowds and seriously wild and untamed coastline. Its been a consolation of moving down to Herefordshire that we’ve been able to enjoy Cornwall to make up for the fact that Scotland is a long way away!

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  2. Nice open views along the coastline! Looks like a great birthday weekend.

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    • Thanks Linda, I’m sure my other half appreciated the birthday treat 🙂
      It was great to see it without the crowds and apart from a couple of heavy showers in pretty decent weather as well

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  3. That was the one thing that put me off Cornwall- the steep prices on certain tourist attractions and car parks. The landscape itself was always a delight and some of the coastlines are world class. Nice atmospheric shots.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
    • I’ll second that! I hate paying to park and it can be scandalously expensive in high season but its mostly free in winter. There are only a few attractions in Cornwall that charge over the odds but Tintagel is one of them. The best part is the coastal walks which of course is free and even in summer its mostly quiet and peaceful

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  4. A fine ending to a wonderful birthday weekend. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate. I think hiking in some damp and cold adds to the success of the day. One really feels exhilarated and rewarded for ones efforts.
    In January 2007, we spent 3 nights at a B&B in Welcome [just in Devon] We woke to winds of gale force 10 and were quite happy to sit beside the log fire and read a book. Our host Michael said he knew where to take us out of the wind and he did. An amazing day, including Boscastle.

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    • I certainly felt damp and cold after I got out of the water! 🙂
      We used to go to Welcome when I was a kid (we stayed in Westward Ho!, interestingly the only place name in the UK with an exclamation mark
      I used to love the waterfall and river that dropped onto the beach. A really fabulous spot

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  5. The rock faces in this area are amazing.
    Also, how do you get your snowflakes to fall. I love them!

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    • I think its a WordPress Widget but I can’t for the life of em remember how to turn them on or off. Luckily they seem to set up to disappear at some indeterminate moment after Xmas

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  6. Looks like you had a cracking weekend! You don’t fancy taking away for my birthday next year do you?

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    beatingthebounds

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