Tintagel Castle and Valley of the Rocks

Published: Monday 4th Nov 2013

If like me you are a fan of the BBC Countryfile programme, then you will have seen the immense effort it took to move some hardy little Soay Sheep onto Tintagel Island, this week. They must surely have one of the best outlooks in the UK to enjoy, whilst grazing away. Richard Earl of Cornwall was so taken with the Island of "Tyntagel" that he bought it and in 1233 built the castle as his summer holiday home, preferring it to the main dwelling at Launceston. The historical connection to the legend of King Arthur was also a strong influence on him, although his growing political career meant that he had little time to enjoy his summer residence. Today visitors are welcome to wander the castle remains, peer into Merlins Cave, or take a stroll on the little beach below, at low tide. If you fancy taking your own Cottage Holiday in Tintagel in the near future, then check out our selection which has choices for the small or larger party. 

The same programme also mentioned the feral goats that roam freely on a very similar landscape in Exmoor, in the Valley of the Rocks. This amazing dry valley has exposed areas of the Lynton Beds and some of the oldest Devonian rocks in North Devon. Being within walking distance of the wonderful Lynton and Lynmouth, a holiday stay in either village will be a central spot from which to explore the immediate and wider beautiful Exmoor area. Cottages in Lynton and Lynmouth range from bijou sea-view apartments, to wonderful detached barn conversions, deep in the peaceful countryside.

So whatever your personal preference, whether it's walking the coast and watching sure footed animals tread the turf at Tinatgel, or finding out about the water powered cliff lift in Lynton, there are many opportunities to enjoy a unique holiday stay, just as our historical neighbours did.