• Cornwall. Best Place in Britain.

    by  • July 3, 2006 • The Iron Age • 20 Comments

    Until I start writing about Scotland and Wales. But, look…more prehistoric sites than any other county in the UK, St Michael’s Mount, Tintagel, the Eden Project, moors, beaches and great seas and sunsets.  What more could you want?

    Which is why the research trip for Jack of Ravens was about as far from work as you could get.  The most important place I visited was Carn Euny, the remnants of an Iron Age settlement that features heavily in the book.  It’s a nightmare to find, which has its pluses – it’s not swarming with tourists and you can wander around it peacefully.

    And if you’re prepared to get hands-on, you can head underground into a mysterious fogou.  These are underground passageways found mainly in south-west Iron Age sites.  Archaeologists aren’t sure what they were for – some say, they’re grain stores, others that they have a ritual use. 

    Whatever the answer, there’s a very powerful atmosphere in the fogou.  I spent a good while tucked into a narrow niche at the end of one branching tunnel.  It was strangely spooky and uplifting at the same time.


    20 Responses to Cornwall. Best Place in Britain.

    1. July 3, 2006 at 7:23 pm

      Cornwall is uplifting full stop :)

    2. TheJovialGnome
      July 3, 2006 at 8:06 pm

      Love the blog and many thanks for the information, more places for me and my motorhome to visit!

    3. Sarah M
      July 4, 2006 at 6:00 am

      Cornwall – also home to Tori! :)

      Thank you for this great blog – I can’t wait to read about all the fantastic places you go to.

      Another interesting and informative place to go to on the web.

    4. July 4, 2006 at 8:13 am

      I think some of my grandparent’s cousins were from Mevagissey… does that make me an honorary, sort-of Kernowman?

    5. July 4, 2006 at 9:07 am

      Sounds like you’ve got relatives all over the Celtic world, Ariel.

    6. Jayne
      July 4, 2006 at 9:35 am

      I’m convinced I had a really happy former life in Cornwall – I ache to be there…

    7. Jayne
      July 4, 2006 at 9:36 am

      Ooops..by the way, Hi Mark and everyone else….good ‘ere, innit?!?!?!

    8. lizzie b
      July 4, 2006 at 1:02 pm

      Yes it is, Jayne…

      I want more, as usual. What I want most are more extracts to keep us going to the big date – 16 days and counting….

    9. July 4, 2006 at 1:09 pm

      I’ve just had delivery of my copies. You may well find the books on the shelves before the actual publication date.

    10. July 4, 2006 at 2:10 pm

      *whoops and bounces*

    11. lizzie b
      July 4, 2006 at 7:34 pm

      whoops and bounces is right, disrep. you took the words out of my mouth.

    12. TheJovialGnome
      July 4, 2006 at 9:22 pm

      Whilst joining in the general whoopery and bouncery it does at least give me time to finish Hounds of Avalon before it arrives on the shelves!

    13. July 4, 2006 at 9:26 pm

      ahem, Is that wise Jov, you joining in with 2 lizzy’s (ie’s) whooping and bouncing ? ;)

    14. TheJovialGnome
      July 4, 2006 at 9:46 pm

      You know me Lizzy, despite the advancing years I’m always up for a bit of whooping and bouncing…. especially in the company of two fair maidens!

    15. July 4, 2006 at 10:28 pm

      Okay people, there’s a time and a place for bouncing and whooping over at mark’s forum… let’s try to keep this on-topic, shall we..? ;)

    16. July 4, 2006 at 10:38 pm


      Wales has the same uplifting feel as Cornwall, especially the West Coast…all the ley lines I guess.

    17. Jayne
      July 5, 2006 at 2:07 pm

      Blimey, Ariel exists over here….ooops…that’s off topic – sorry Ariel – going back to my corner now…..

    18. July 5, 2006 at 3:17 pm

      Ariel is like the eye of Sauron. Don’t look at him!

    19. Jayne
      July 5, 2006 at 7:36 pm


    20. July 7, 2006 at 8:58 am


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