Before I go into detail about our tour let me answer a couple of questions to get us going:
Q : Would I use Cornish Heritage Tours again?
A: Without a second thought, it was the best day we had on our mini break.
Q: Was it worth the money?
A: Yes, without a doubt.
So to the review in detail. We somehow managed to get a week off work, and after a busy Christmas in the retail sector decided to head away for a few days. We had four days away in Cornwall. From the moment I made the booking I knew I had done the right thing. The thing with the tour is you are in control, you decide where you want to go and what you want to focus on – so you don’t have to go or see anything that doesn’t interest you. Susan the tour guide contacted me via email and we settled on a price (excellent value) and a schedule (The King Arthur Tour). The night before the tour we emailed her to make a last minute change, which was absolutely no problem at all for her, Susan was so accommodating.
The tour began with Susan collecting us from our accommodation. From the moment we met her to the time she dropped us off after our tour I loved every minute. In fact we quickly forgot we had just met her, it was like being on a trip with an old friend, she was so warm and friendly. We did the King Arthur Tour which was great, a lovely mix of legend, myth and loads of talking points. The tour took in St Materiana’s church, which was a lovely welcoming place, full of history and lots of little nooks to explore. Susan took a “scenic” route up in her Land Rover, which was like a feature on Top Gear, the ground was unsteady and full of huge dips and steep climbs, it was so much fun.
On then to Tintagel Castle itself, the legendary birthplace of the King himself – on the day of our tour Cornwall had horrid weather, really cats and dogs stuff, with plenty of gale force wind thrown in for good measure. This couldn’t spoil our day however and just made for a sense of adventure. If you like castles or ruins this is the place for you, we loved the castle, the history and stories Susan told us about it made it come alive. The Castle itself does need a degree of fitness due to some steep steps, but not being the fittest of people I didn’t have any trouble, it left me a little tired yes, but there was plenty of time to recover afterwards and it was so worth it.
Moving on a little wetter, and in need of defrosting we got a coffee from the on site café and had a little walk to meet up with Susan, who had gone to pick up the car. We then moved onto Tintagel Village where we visited the King Arthurs Halls, which we really enjoyed. As it was the off season we had the run of the place when we visited – which was fine by us! We stopped for lunch in the village and warmed up.
We went onto visit Slaughter Bridge and the Lake where the Lady of the Lake lives - both were really stunning and it was great to stand and imagine the history.
Before the end of the day with Susan we began to plan the next trip – we cannot wait to get back!
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