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Widening our scope - Delabole and Tintegal

Graving in Cornwall with John Brown


View 2015 Compo and Doc Martin on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Stairs to the upper level inside the building

Stairs to the upper level inside the building


For breakfast, Bob had porridge as he now knows that this is simlar to the oatmeal that he has at home. I decided to try eggs and kippers.
Kippers and eggs

Kippers and eggs


I discovered that I don't like kippers. It might have been that they were too salty for me. After three or four bites, I decided to just eat the eggs. And I also had toast and marmalade. The toast was recently toasted and still warm which was a pleasant surprise because all the toast I've had in England previously was stone cold.
Kitchen door

Kitchen door


There was a lobster exoskeleton (shell) on the ledge by our table
Lobster shell in the Slipway Hotel

Lobster shell in the Slipway Hotel


so I took a photo of it. It's not lobster season so I didn't think I'd see any live ones. I also took photos of the lounge.
TV and book shelf next to the fireplace

TV and book shelf next to the fireplace

Fireplace in the upstairs Lounge

Fireplace in the upstairs Lounge

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In a historic inn such as this one is, one should not expect modern 'decor'. After breakfast, we went outside - we were early.
Daffodils outside the Slipway Hotel

Daffodils outside the Slipway Hotel


Fish merchants van parked by the Slipway hotel

Fish merchants van parked by the Slipway hotel

Bob reading the bulletin board  of Fishermen Ltd

Bob reading the bulletin board of Fishermen Ltd


At 10, we met John Brown and got in his van. First he took us to the co-op
Coop

Coop


and I tried to use the ATM machine, but it wouldn't recognize the card - maybe because it doesn't have a chip. Then he showed us the closest place to get gas
Nearest gas station (on left)

Nearest gas station (on left)


and showed Bob how he could get out of here without twisting and turning in narrow lanes.
St Piran's flag

St Piran's flag


John pointed out this flag which he said was the Cornwall flag. Actually I was told that it was St. Piran's flag - St Piran is the patron saint of tinners. March 5th is St Piran's Day, and there are lots of parades and festivities in Cornwall.

We went by the school (about 12 miles from Port Isaac) that they use for the interior school scenes - because it is still used as a school, it has all the desks etc.
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Schoolyard


Then we went to a Barclay's Bank in Delabole (which is a big slate mining area) to get pounds for dollars but they wouldn't change money unless we had an account there. I stayed in the van and this
Funeral Service in Delabole

Funeral Service in Delabole


was across the street from where we were parked. The bank sent Bob to the PO and he got some cash there.
Delabole - PO on left

Delabole - PO on left


I just have a quick picture of the Old Post Officetaken as we drove past. This is a National Trust building which they bought in 1903. It is the oldest Trust property in Cornwall.
The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office


Originally it was a 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse. It has a wavy slate roof. In the Victorian period,it briefly held a license to be the letter receiving station for the district. You obviously can't see it from the street, but the National Trust site says there is Victorian postal equipment, a selection of samplers and furniture dating back to the 16th century on display

Then he took us back to
Narrow Lanes

Narrow Lanes


to three churches. The first one was
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The Parish Church of St. Julitta Lanteglos-by-Camelford


We got out and Bob went up to the front and took a photo of the sign
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and then worked his way back. I went on my scooter and took photos from the path.
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St Julitta War Memorial

large_IMG_0484.JPGCornwall's Living Churchyard's sign in St. Julitta

Cornwall's Living Churchyard's sign in St. Julitta


Then I went out on my scooter and took some photos of the narrow lanes
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Narrow lane


We took 250 photos and from them we made over 500 entries. John took us
Leaving St. Julitta Lanteglos-by-Camelford

Leaving St. Julitta Lanteglos-by-Camelford


to Boscastle Minster: St Merteriana Cemetery which was not even on my list. This was down in the Valency Valley
Minster Saint Merteriana

Minster Saint Merteriana

Cemetery gate

Cemetery gate


and was accessed by a long set of steps among the trees,
Minster Church - Warning - This path is slippery

Minster Church - Warning - This path is slippery


so Bob went down by himself and John Brown and I waited in the van. And watched passing traffic.
Traffic

Traffic


It is an Anglican Church - part of the Truro Diocese.
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Gravestone in Minster Saint Merteriana Cemetery


Bob took 85 photos plus some of the National Trust Minster Wood.
National Trust - Minster Wood

National Trust - Minster Wood


Public footpath

Public footpath

Path

Path

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Gold Path

No through road

No through road


Then John took us through Boscastle
Coming in to Boscastle

Coming in to Boscastle


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which was devastated in 2004 by flash floods
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Boscastle

Cobweb Inn

Cobweb Inn


and we went to Forrabury Churchyard.
Forrabury

Forrabury


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Boot scraper

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Forrabury

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Daffodils

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Entrance to the churchyard

Please leave churchyard by the gate

Please leave churchyard by the gate


The two of us took 280 photos here which eventually resulted in over 430 entires.

I thought it would be interesting to see the ruins of Tintegal. When we came over the rise, I saw this castle type building, and not the ruins that I had expected. Our guide told us that this was a hotel built in Victorian times.
Approaching the hotel

Approaching the hotel

large_7367016-Guided_Day_Trip_Van_Tour.jpgMain hotel entrance Camelot Castle Hotel

Main hotel entrance Camelot Castle Hotel

Turrets

Turrets


King Arthur's Castle Hotel (Castle Hotel) (more recently the Camelot Castle Hotel) was an enterprise of Sir Robert Harvey. It was built in 1899 by architect Silvanus Trevail - I guess it was the Victorian idea of what a medieval castle would look like. It stands alone on land previously known as Firebeacon. In 2010 an exposé of the hotel's business practices was broadcast by the BBC television programme Inside Out South West.

The hotel was of interest to us because it was where Doc Martin had his wedding reception (in the TV series Doc Martin) so Bob and John went in to see that. I waited in the car. The hotel is fully licensed and pet friendly.
Reception rooms

Reception rooms

Part of the lobby area

Part of the lobby area


They have four rooms available for weddings. It is often used for weddings or receptions (even by people who are not in a TV show).
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Castle Hotel

Stairs from the lobby

Stairs from the lobby


The enormous granite hotel stands facing into the wind while waves crash relentlessly against the cliffs and seagulls fly round the forlorn ruins of another, older, castle further along the peninsula. The older castle ruins may be an actual medieval castle called Tintagel which is said to be the birth place of the legendary King Arthur.
7365497-Photo_from_the_hotel_grounds_Tintagel.jpgView from the hotel area

View from the hotel area


The ruins of the castle stand partly on the mainland and partly on the headland. Some people below the parking lot

Some people below the parking lot

7365501-Hillside_ruins_Tintagel.jpgRuins across a valley

Ruins across a valley


We were there in mid March before the site was open for the season, but apparently it is regularly visited and you can walk along the paths to the various ruins. There are over 100 steps. There is an admission charge (Adult £6.30) and also a charge for parking. We just stopped at the hotel that overlooks the ruins, and Bob went and took photos of them

Then we finished up with St Materiana Churchyard which had a sign warning about Adders (and I don't think they mean bookkeepers) . Our guide let us off at the back gate and we walked through to the front.
Back of the church and the churchyard

Back of the church and the churchyard

Adders warning

Adders warning


St Materiana is the best example of a small Norman parish church in Cornwall, due to the unparalleled survival of both Norman doorways and a high proportion of its original windows.
Church windows

Church windows


The transepts are apparently 13th century, but the tower is 15th century, It is remote from the village, set in a very prominent promontory on the north coast, close to the medieval castle The church is built from local slate-stone, the stones of generally small size and tightly fitted together as is typical of early masonry. The tower is built from larger pieces of slate-stone that are laid as much as possible to continuous courses. It is listed Grade I.
15th century tower

15th century tower

Part of the churchyard

Part of the churchyard

World War I war memorial in St. Materiana

World War I war memorial in St. Materiana


The cemetery is unusually large for a churchyard in Cornwall though it has apparently been extended three times. To the east of the older part (which is approximately circular in shape) are areas which came into use probably in the early 19th and mid-20th centuries. The north-east part was previously part of the Trecarne Lands. We took 320 photos here.
Red light

Red light


We got back to the car park to pay for the next night with 7 minutes to spare.

We had lunch at the Chapel Cafe which we had seen yesterday. John let us off at the bottom of the hill.
Counter

Counter

Menu board

Menu board

Bellows on the mantle

Bellows on the mantle


We sat by the stove - the warmth was welcome
Franklin type stove with a fire

Franklin type stove with a fire


and we each had Cornish crab sandwiches which were good.
Cornish crab sandwich £8.95

Cornish crab sandwich £8.95

Salad with the sandwich

Salad with the sandwich


I ordered the lemonade which she said was Victorian lemonade.
Victorian lemonade £2.60

Victorian lemonade £2.60


On a previous visit to England I was annoyed to find that when an English menu says LEMONADE, it does NOT mean a drink made with the juice of lemons and sugar. It means a clear soft drink like Sprite or Fresca. Always carbonated.
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I do not drink alcohol, coffee or carbonated beverages. So it is extremely irritating to find that all things advertised as lemonade or fruit juice are really carbonated beverages. I keep thinking that the English SHOULD have something like real lemonade so I got this "Victorian lemonade", but this was fermented lemonade and was also awful. I just could not drink it. Bob drank both of them and he was OK with that, but he LIKES Sprite.
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The Cafe was part of the Pottery, so there were also things for sale. Although I thought some of the things were beautiful, I was not prepared to take anything that breakable home with me, and shipping would have been prohibitively expensive.
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We came back and charged the scooter and organized the photos so they were in the proper folders, and then we had dinner. This time I had Chicken

Chicken


and Bob had
Breen (fish)

Breen (fish)


Blood orange brulee

Blood orange brulee


I had blood orange brulee for dessert and Bob had vanilla ice cream. He's in bed asleep already.

Tomorrow we fly to Manchester. It has been good weather - sunny and not too cold. But the news says smog is coming over from Europe.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 14:06 Archived in England Comments (2)

Newquay - A Useful Small Airport

Port Isaac to Manchester


View 2015 Compo and Doc Martin on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

My original booking to visit Holmfirth was on the outskirts of Huddersfield because none of the websites offered a handicapped accessible room with wi-fi and parking in the actual town of Holmfirth. I thought it would be close enough to Holmfirth that we could drive in. So after I wrote up our graving trip with John Brown yesterday, I decided to try to put the route to the hotel in Huddersfield into the GPS. No can do- the GPS would not recognize the address. So I went to the hotel website and wrote down the directions which had about 13 different roads and intersections listed. Bob was asleep but when he got up about 10 pm I showed him the route and it completely spooked him because he thought the flight was 4 to 6. (It was really 1400 to 1600.) If the plane had been landing at 6, it would have been dark and he was unwilling to drive in the dark, fearing that it would be like the first time we went to St. Croix. He was very upset and couldn't sleep

So in the morning, he demanded that I change the reservations. And I did, but I was somewhat distracted. I went to the bathroom and reached for the mouthwash which was up on a high shelf and knocked Bob's mechanical toothbrush off, and that hit the glass in the holder beside the sink and knocked it to the floor where it broke. Bob cleaned it up and I told them what had happened.

We went down to breakfast at 8 before the hot breakfast was available and had cereal and juice, and then Bob let me in the room and went to the car park to get the car. I finished up the arrangements on the computer. We are staying at Coddy's Farm Bed & Breakfast, Lower Whitegate Farm, Whitegate Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2TH, United Kingdom
Phone: +447714588822
(with slow internet) but free parking and of course breakfast for the next two nights. Then we are coming back to the Holiday Inn Express for the 23rd. We made that reservation when we were there the first night.

Bob started carrying luggage down to the car. I was dressed but not packed. Eventually he jammed stuff into the suitcase, and helped me put on one sock and then we got down and got into the car.

On the way out, we had to go through some narrow village lanes and in two cases there was an extension ladder across the street with someone at the top painting the wall on the second floor and they had to come down and move the ladder so we could pass.

At 9:20, we stopped at the Co-op on the way out to get my GPS out of the computer bag. I had MY GPS set to go back to the Enterprise car rental and I told the one in the car to go Home, thinking that it would be the same.
Gas station

Gas station

Getting gas

Getting gas


We stopped for gas at a Shell station in Wadebridge at 9:45. There was an eclipse, but I was afraid to look at it because I didn't have any special glasses. It did get a little darker and then the sun noticeably 'came out'.
Road in the eclipse

Road in the eclipse


We were able to avoid all the narrow lanes that we came in on, and were traveling on regular roads with at least two lanes. At one point the GPS tried to get us to turn off, but we resisted firmly.
Road work

Road work


When we got to Truro, the rental car GPS wasn't happy with us going back to the Enterprise place, but my GPS got us there. When we got there, I used the bathroom which was in a trailer.
Towel in the Enterprise bathroom

Towel in the Enterprise bathroom


I was worried about getting to the airport in a timely manner since I now knew it was 2 instead of 4 and I wanted to be there well in advance because of the scooter. We got to Enterprise about 10:30
Driving to Newquay

Driving to Newquay

Windmills near the airport. Cornwall is very windy

Windmills near the airport. Cornwall is very windy


and they dropped us at the airport at 11:15 in plenty of time.
Airport building

Airport building


The girl dropped us off some distance from the airport in the parking lot. Bob put the scooter together and then wrestled with the rest of the luggage. I followed the directional signs and went in the correct door. Bob took another route. It is a small airport. We soon found each other.
Lounge window

Lounge window


Inside there wasn't much going on. I had not been able to print boarding passes. A lady helped me put my passport in the kiosk and get boarding passes. She said that the counter wouldn't be open until 12:45. I thought we might get something to eat
Food counter that was not open - pre check in

Food counter that was not open - pre check in


but the sign said to get food in the departures lounge. In order to get there, we had to go through security. Which we couldn't do yet. (We did try, but since we weren't checked in, they wouldn't let us through.)

So I got the computer out and logged onto the airport wi-fi for a bit. Then a man came to check on the scooter. Bob folded it up for him and as usual it caused admiration and surprise. I told him it weighed 55 lbs (Bob thought it weighted more like 70 lbs as it does weigh around 80 lbs in the suitcase.) So they took and weighed it and it was 26 kilos (57 lbs) with the battery in it. They decided to take me in a wheelchair and put the scooter on the plane without the battery (Bob would take the battery and put it in his carryon). They didn't put it in with the conveyor luggage, but afterward.

We checked our luggage. They weighed all the bags. There was a 20 kilo limit on checked bags and 10 kilos for the carry ons. Bob's suitcase was the heaviest at 18.2.
Scale showing bag weight

Scale showing bag weight


All of the bags were within limits. A sign on the check-in counter said we could not carry hot drinks on any Flybe aircraft.
Sign on the check-in counter

Sign on the check-in counter


Which didn't apply to us as we don't usually drink hot drinks. They asked me several times if I could do the steps, and I said I could do that many steps. Just so that you know- there was an ADF (AIrport Development Fee) for Newquay at the following rates: £5 per passenger aged 16 years and above

From Newquay website:
How do I pay for the ADF ticket?

Payment machines are located in the airport's terminal building. These machines will accept cash or credit/debit cards payment and will produce a ticket which will allow you to pass through security into the departure lounge.

Why is the ADF fee not included in my ticket price?

Newquay Cornwall Airport has decided to collect the ADF in an open and transparent manner, and all airlines operating from the airport are aware of its existence as a charge payable locally in addition to the flight ticket costs and associated taxes / charges.

What happens if I do not pay the ADF?

The Airport reserves the right to refuse to handle any passengers who do not pay the ADF. All departing passengers must pay the fee and be in possession of a valid ADF ticket to enter the departure lounge at the airport. Your ADF ticket will be checked by security staff as you enter the search area.

What happens if my flight is cancelled after I have paid the ADF?

If your flight is cancelled you are entitled to a refund. Please ask at the information desk for details.

Is the ADF unique to Newquay Cornwall Airport?

No, the ADF is also in operation at Norwich International Airport, Blackpool International Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

We went through security. The wheelchair guy said that there were five of us that needed wheelchairs. I went to the bathroom
Bathroom selfie

Bathroom selfie

Dispensing machine in the ladies room

Dispensing machine in the ladies room

Sink

Sink


and we could now get something to eat.
Newstand area and drinks

Newstand area and drinks


I got an
Egg salad and cress sandwich

Egg salad and cress sandwich


and a
Dessert bar

Dessert bar

Box

Box


and Bob had a ham and cheese.
Sandwich box

Sandwich box


One of the planes was apparently so small that they gathered people for the pre-flight safety briefing in the corner of the lounge before they went on the plane.
Plane propellers

Plane propellers

Dash 8 model

Dash 8 model


Our plane was a DASH 8 -400 with curved propeller blades. The plane was full.
Surf on the beach from above

Surf on the beach from above

Coast

Coast


We arrived five minutes early in a drizzle.
Landing - Manchester

Landing - Manchester


Got all the luggage, and went out to get the bus to the rental car place. When I made my plane reservations on Flybe, they gave me an option to rent a car at the same time. It looked like the car rental place was right within the airport so it would be convenient. This turned out to be mostly true. We landed, got all the luggage, and went out to get the bus to the rental car place.
Car rental bus stop at the airport

Car rental bus stop at the airport


Surprise!! the bus had a little ramp for me to just ride onto it like they did at Disney. And there was a nice place for me to park on the scooter. Bob got to sit in a seat
Bob in the rental car bus

Bob in the rental car bus


We allowed them to upsell us to a diesel Hyundai - black. It doesn't have an ignition key. You step on the brake and push a start button. This was a very big car, and we didn't really need such a big car. We should not have allowed the guy to fast talk us into it.

On the way to the hotel, we took a wrong turn twice. One time we ended up back at the airport, and the second time we went the correct direction but were on the wrong side of the street to get to the hotel. We just went all the way around the roundabout to get back to it. So we are in Manchester about 0.2 miles from the airport as the crow flies at the Holiday Inn Express which is satisfactory but the architecture is like communist Germany- it was devoid of any interest. And maybe the ominous hotel facade should have given us a clue about their business practices. But it did not.
Hotel from the parking lot

Hotel from the parking lot


I also canceled the reservation at the Woodman Inn which cost £90 as it was less than 24 hours. It probably wasn't a good idea to try to get from Port Isaac to Holmfrith all in one day anyway.

We are on the 3rd floor overlooking the car park. Of course that means we are really on the 4th floor. The hotel has two elevators and they are just about big enough for me and the scooter and Bob. With luggage we have to go separately. I only took in the computer bag and my pocketbook last night. There are charges for the airport shuttle (£5 each person) and for £5 parking in their parking lot.
Hotel parking lot

Hotel parking lot

Window warning

Window warning


We stayed here twice. The first time I made the reservation through Booking.com and the rate was £59. They charged my credit card with an open charge.
Bed

Bed

Tea making set-up

Tea making set-up


We have a TV and a shower and plenty of room.
TV

TV

shower

shower


We had dinner at the hotel.
Dinner menu

Dinner menu


You sit at a table, decide what you want and then go to the bar and order
Bob putting in the order

Bob putting in the order

People eating in the restaurant

People eating in the restaurant


and they bring you your food. I had
Scampi and chips with mushy peas

Scampi and chips with mushy peas


Bob had
Salmon

Salmon


I also had
Bread pudding for dessert

Bread pudding for dessert


and Bob had
Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

I've put the directions in the GPS. Bob is asleep and I hope he stays that way this time.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 19:32 Archived in England Comments (5)

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