I first came to Tintagel on holiday as a child in 1976 and loved it, particularly this gem. Yes its hard work with all those steps and a steep climb back to the village, but worth every aching muscle and rivulet (river!) of sweat. I have been back to Cornwall half a dozen times since my childhood and never missed visiting the castle.
The weather does improve the experience no end, my most recent previous visit was in the pouring rain in June 2005 (the only time!) I still enjoyed it but literally dampened the experience somewhat.
Yes the heatwave last week made it even harder work than usual, but the views, the colour of that glorious sea (there is the castle as well of course!) and the atmosphere made it absolutely worthwhile. Only gripe was the sheer number of what appeared to be foreign students arriving by the busload and whose contribution to the day mainly consisted of conversational shouting which spoiled the atmosphere somewhat. Anyway we stuck around long enough for them to depart and for peace to reign supreme other than the plaintive cries of the gulls which are so much a part of the feel here.
Barring an unforeseen happenstance I shall return.....
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