This post is for Cee’s Black and White Challenge. This week’s theme is: steps – inside or out.
The steps stretch before you in a seemingly endless trail up the cliffside and you curse your decision to make the trip, your legs aching from the strain. The steep drop alongside the path is enough to make you grip the rail tightly as vertigo sets your senses spinning. You shift your gaze resolutely ahead, focussing on the crumbling stonework barely visible at the summit. The climb you’re undertaking might be a nightmare brought into reality but the promise of ancient ruins, their fabric woven through with tales of magic and mystery, gives you the strength to push onwards.
The views will be worth it, you tell yourself.
You just hope it’s true.
These pictures were all taken around Tintagel Castle, a place that you have to climb far too many steps to get to! I have to say that the views were definitely worth it.
Tintagel is most well known for it’s connection to the legends of King Arthur. This link dates back to the 12th century when Geoffrey of Monmouth named it as the place of Arthur’s conception. The legend says that the wizard Merlin used his magic to disguise Uther Pendragon as Gorlois, King of Cornwall. This allowed Uther to sneak into Tintagel and into the bedchamber of Gorlois’ wife, Igraine, and Arthur was conceived.