DAY 1Sep 03 2017
Carnewas was a hive of industrial activity in the 19th century although not much is known of the mining that took place there. It is supposed that miners tunnelled into the cliffs from the beach in search of iron, copper and lead.
The legend of Bedruthan
The legend of a giant called Bedruthan using the beach stacks as stepping stones to achieve a short cut across the bay seems to be a late 19th-century invention.
DAY 2Sep 04 2017
Quick trip to Newquay, turned out to be a drive through as I did'nt like what I saw!
Watergate Beach is a two-mile-long stretch of sandy beach on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated in Watergate Bay two miles north of Newquay on the B3276 road to Padstow near the village of Tregurrian. Wikipedia
Mal's first effort at choosing a pitch. Toilets, showers, swimming pool, hot tub. Not a bad effort at all!
DAY 3Sep 05 2017
Boscastle is a tiny port with a natural harbour, set in a narrow ravine, and boasts some very attractive thatches and white-washed cottages. Before the railways, Boscastle was a thriving port, serving much of North Cornwall. It has come to prominence recently as a result of the terrible floods of summer 2004.
DAY 4Sep 06 2017
Although countless ships have been wrecked on this coast through the centuries, the first wreck that the Hartland Quay Coastguard were known to have attended came in January 1860. This was the start of many ships running aground here and before the turn of the Century fifteen more vessels were to become wrecks on Hartland’s “tempest furrowed shore”. Four more were to be temporarily grounded and one would have to be towed off. But the most disastrous loss proved to be the 2,203 ton steamship ”Uppingham” which stranded under Longpeak on 23rd November 1890 with the loss of many lives.
The Local Geology of Hartland Quay
The rocks of Hartland Quay are the remains of a mountain range. Sedimentary rocks were deposited in a shallow sea during the Carboniferous period – about 320 million years ago. The layers are sequences of shales and mudstones representing the remains of sub-marine “avalanches” of sediments called turbidites. At the same time as the sands and mudstones were being deposited at Hartland, coals were being deposited in swamps, forming the South Wales coalfields.
Plate tectonics caused the collision of two super continents with Hartland Quay in the middle. Devon was at the southern margin of a super-continent called Laurasia, which collided with the super-continent Pangaea – to the South. As these two mega-continents collided during the Variscan Orogeny the rocks at Hartland Quay were buckled and folded, producing the spectacular chevron shaped folds exposed in the cliffs today. The top surface was then eroded flat.
DAY 5Sep 07 2017
Windy weather. A combination of strong winds and a dog sleeping on my head resulted in a poor nights sleep!
HMHS Glenart Castle (His Majesty's Hospital Ship) was a steamship originally built as Galician in 1900 for the Union-Castle Line. She was renamed Glenart Castle in 1914, but was requisitioned for use as a British hospital shipduring the First World War.
On 26 February 1918, she was hit and sunk by a torpedo fired from the German U-boat UC-56.
Evening meal at the Wrekers Retreat
DAY 6Sep 08 2017
What a night. A biblical storm raged with winds so strong the van shook and sang as the wind resonated across the roof bars. As for the rain...? All I can say is that
the van has been water tested and she does not leak, however, Fred's van does!
Eating out again tonight! The Kings Arms at Hartland.