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Preparations for:
UK Puzzlers Spring Meet

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 2nd-5th April 1999

Tintagel Castle

Cornwall

Meeting at 10:30 am on Saturday 3rd April at the gateway to the Castle.

TINTAGEL CASTLE , CORNWALL

 

The legend, depicted in Geoffrey of Monmouth's fabulous History (written c. 1139), has lived on. Today, fact and fiction lie inextricably intertwined. We know for sure, however, that with the surf thundering against the cliffs and the waves breaking over the threshold of Merlin's cave, Tintagel remains one of the most awe-inspiring and romantic spots in Britain.

 

After a period as a Roman settlement and military outpost, Tintagel is thought to have been the stronghold of a Celtic king during the fifth and sixth centuries. Nearby an early Christian church stands on the site of what may have been a cemetery for important men. Here legend and archaeology come together. Whether one of those men was King Mark, whose nephew Tristan fell in love with Isolt (or Isolde), history cannot tell. Their doomed romance is part of Tintagel's story, as are Geoffrey of Monmouth's tales which Uther Pendragon, aided by Merlin, seduced Queen Igerna at Tintagel. Tintagel's Arthurian connection was later renewed by Alfred, Lord Tennyson in his Idylls of the King. The remains of the 13th century castle are breathtaking. Steep stone steps, stout walls and rugged windswept cliff edges encircle the Great Hall, where Richard, Earl of Cornwall, may once have feasted. The emphasis at Tintagel is always on the word 'may' as it has so many legends and unanswered questions.

How to get there:

 

Places to Stay:

http://members.aol.com/michaelhse/index.html : Michael House Vegetarian Guest House 1 mile from Tintagel

http://www.north-cornwall.co.uk/ncmain.htm : North Cornwall tourist site Accommodation Listings etc.

Juliot's Well Holiday Park
Camelford
Cornwall
PL32 9RF Telephone:01840213302

Lakefield Caravan Park
Lower Pendavey Farm
Camelford
Cornwall PL32 9RS Telephone:01840 213279

Camp site: Headland,
Atlantic Road,
Tintagel 01840 770239

B&B Guest Houses

Sunnyside
Boscastle Harbour, Boscastle, Cornwall PL35 OHD
Tel : (01840) 250453

Mill House Inn
(Trebarwith) 01840 770200/770932

The Port William
(Trebarwith) 01840 770230

E-mail Aurora regarding the meet (she supplied the above details)

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