For our last day exploring Cornwall, we decided to once again head to the north coast. This time we would explore a couple of areas legendary world wide. Tintagel, fabled to be the birth place of King Arthur… yes, the one with the knights of the round table; and Port Isaac, home of the Fishermen’s Friends ( a lovely movie by the way) and the setting of Port Wenn of Doc Martin fame.
Once again we traversed a variety of road to get there…4 lane highway, 2 lane highway, one lane highway… and at one point when we were heading from Tintagel to Port Isaac, our road actually drove through a small stream! You know it’s serious when they have depth markers as you approach!!
Once at Tintagel, we headed for St Materiana’s church where we began a short , but challenging, hike around the headlands looking over Tintagel Head, and the island of Pen Diu on which still sits the remains of a 13th century monastery and castle.
As you can see by the caves, there was a lot of smuggling going on in these parts over the years on top of the mining for slate.
We soon got back to the car and were ready to head to Port Isaac where we planned to stop for lunch. What a beautiful town! Although the hills going down into town are not for the faint of heart!
By the time we got down to the harbour proper we were ready for lunch. We popped into the Mole Bar and Restaurant and were delighted with the results!
Dan was up for some pub food, but I was thinking about the local Cornish delicacy, crab sandwich. And like usual, I asked the server what her favourite thing was on the menu, and without batting an eye she said fish and chips. Hmmm, I thought…kinda standard pub fare that can go either way… and I had eaten Fish and Chips at Risk Stein’s in Padstow. But, I went with the suggestion and was NOT disappointed!
After lunch we went for a short walk around the town and had the requisite visit to the “Doc’s House”.
When we left Port Isaac, it was time to get back to the Airbnb and begin organizing ourselves for our check out tomorrow morning. We will be heading off to Wales for a few days and given the distances we’ll be traveling, I’ll probably not be posting daily…we’ll see.
Our time here in Cornwall has been a wonderful voyage of discovery for us both. The countryside, the people and the food…all great reasons to return! For now, we’ll continue our journey north. Until next time!
It really was a great little movie. This is lovely!
It was a beautiful setting. Probably one of the most picturesque fishing villages along the north coast.