It’s one castle I’ve always wanted to visit and I finally got that chance last year. On a sunny, wind swept day, my family and I headed out to the craggy outcrop and climbed. And climbed. How they managed to build that castle on such a challenging terrain amazes me. The huge uneven steps and sheer drops rather freaked me out and I panted my way to the top. Tintagel is special because it was built across a bridge, linking the mainland to an island.
Little remains of Tintagel. What is left is more myth than substance. A castle forever linked with the Authurian legends – was it Dimilioc, the castle where Arthur’s mother Igraine hid away from Uther, who took on the form of her husband to seduce her? If it was, they were super fit those legendary knights. My kids bounded up the steep steps, while I followed behind gasping.
The island has been inhabited since Roman times, throughout the Dark Ages, when it was used to trade with the Mediterranean Sea. The castle was built by the first earl of Cornwall in 1233. Little is known about the castle’s use other than it served as a prison. Coastal erosion didn’t help with maintenance and the bridge decayed.
The views are spectacular. Here are my own pictures.