Pirates, Smugglers & The Legend of King Arthur

For our May half term family holiday this year, we decided to take our caravan down to the beautiful village of Tintagel in Cornwall.

I absolutely love Cornwall and have very fond memories of visited this gorgeous county as a child and also in recent years with my hubby and daughters. Every time we visit, we always stay at Trewethett Farm, a caravan and motorhome campsite. It’s about a five minutes drive from Tintagel itself and the sea views are absolutely breathtaking, especially the sunsets. If you can get a pitch that is right overlooking the sea, then in my opinion, that’s the ultimate caravanning experience.

One of the things I love about staying at this particular campsite, are the lovely coastal walks. We walked to Tintagel from our campsite along the coastal walk, which took around an hour and a half each way. Our dog, Teddy, loved being off the lead on these walks, free to roam and explore and walking down to the small beach coves for a paddle in the sea, is a must.

The village of Tintagel and the nearby Tintagel Castle are famously associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and visiting the castle is one of the main attractions at Tintagel. This, I have to say, is an absolute must, especially if you love legends of old. Once you reach the castle grounds, the views from the top are simply stunning and I particularly loved the bronze sculpture inspired by King Arthur himself, which stands proud against the backdrop of the sea. Tintagel Castle is also associated with the tragic love story of Tristan & Isolde and you can read all about their romantic tale at the castle grounds.

If visiting old ruins is not for you, there are other fabulous things to do in Tintagel, such as having a cream tea at one of the many tea-rooms, or picking up a souvenir at the Old Post Office, not to mention buying some delicious jams and honey from the pretty honey shop. One of our favourite shops was Granny Wobbly’s Fudge Pantry and here you could buy gorgeous Cornish ice-cream and delicious traditional homemade fudge, which was to die for. I particularly enjoyed the salted caramel fudge and the cherry bakewell fudge and I can honestly say, I definitely ate my fair share of fudge this holiday.

Another great place to visit with the family is Pirate’s Quest in Newquay. Our girls couldn’t wait to experience this indoor attraction and discover what a pirate’s life was like. You are taken on an hour-long tour by a real life pirate, where you learn all about the history and legends of piracy. This was really good fun and an absolute must when staying in or around Newquay.

We couldn’t come to Cornwall and not visit the world famous Jamaica Inn. The author Daphne du Maurier stayed there back in 1930 and it is also the setting for her novel of the same name, an eerie tale of ship wreckers, smuggling and murder. Situated between Bodmin and Launceston, Jamaica Inn is a treasure trove of historical stories and what better place to enjoy a meal, than amidst the legends of smugglers. As well as dining at this 18th century coaching inn, there are other attractions to explore, such as the Daphne du Maurier room, which houses her very own writing desk. You can also visit the Smugglers’ Museum, full of smuggling contraband and artefacts, not to mention the farm shop and a lovely gift shop, where of course I had to purchase du Maurier’s Rebecca and Jamaica Inn. There are many photo opportunities to be had, including behind the bar with wax figures of Mary Yellan and the albino vicar of Altarnun, two of the characters from the book Jamaica Inn.

There are so many other amazing towns and villages to visit whilst holidaying in Cornwall, the list is endless really, however I can’t end this post without mentioning the lovely places of Boscastle, Padstow and Port Isaac. Definitely add these three to your list.

All too soon it was time to pack up our car and caravan and with the thoughts of pirates, smugglers and the legend of King Arthur swimming around our heads and hearts, it was time to say goodbye to Cornwall for yet another year, safe in the knowledge that we would once again return.

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