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Crumbling beauty on the Cornish coast
hese evocative ruins have got to be one of England’s most mysterious and romantic spots.
Perched precariously on the cliffs of the North Cornwall coast, the site is said to be the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur, and even if you’re one of those die-hard ‘yeah, right’ sceptical types, we challenge you not to believe – just for a second – that the rumours are all true.
Of course the crumbling walls and steep stone steps that you can explore today don’t belong directly to the Arthurian legend. These are the 13th-century remains of Richard, Earl of Cornwall’s castle; even so, the echoes of a more distant past are present in every chiselled stone.
If you’re really fascinated by the story of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, a trip to Merlin’s Cave is also a must, and nearby there’s a beautiful beach and a handy cafe for refreshments too.