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in the county of Cornwall

About Morwenstow

Standing high above the sea is the lovely village of Morwenstow where can be found the picturesque old parish church of St.Morwenna. The church is impressive and is of Norman origin. There is work here from several centuries, most notably the 13th, 15th and 16th-centuries and of the original church there remains the north arcade and south doorway and the font. Of the latter-day history of the church is the fact that the poet Robert Hawker, was vicar here. He was a jovial character, whose best known work was perhaps Song of the Western Men. His lasting legacy to the church was his introduction of the Harvest Festival. His sense of humour was well known and legend tells that he was once found seated on the seashore dressed as a mermaid - his hoax was only revealed when he stood up and sang the National Anthem. True or false this is a delightful tale. What is not in doubt though, is that Hawker was strong in his condemnation of the smuggling trade that was rife all along this coast during his time as vicar which spanned from 1834 to 1875. It is also said that Hawker built a driftwood hut on the cliffs where he spent time writing his poems. The National Trust bought the land between the church and the cliffs, it is dedicated to Hawkers memory.

The cliffs beneath Morwenstow are of a wild rugged beauty, above them there are picturesque coastal walks that give magnificent coastal and sea views. Nearby Bude is an excellent centre for surfing.

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Hartland (49 Pictures) in the county of Devon

(6.5 miles, 10.5 km, direction NE of Morwenstow)

There is not a lot to beat the sound of waves crashing against the rocky promontory which was known by the Roman's as the "Promontory of Hercules"...

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Clovelly (320 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(9.3 miles, 14.9 km, direction NE of Morwenstow)

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Boscastle (133 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Cornwall

(16.5 miles, 26.6 km, direction SW of Morwenstow)

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Appledore (52 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(18.7 miles, 30.1 km, direction NE of Morwenstow)

Appledore is as enchanting as its name. It is a pretty place that shows a host of colourful fishermens cottages in the narrow streets beyond the quay..

Cliffs at Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel (197 Pictures) in the county of Cornwall

(19.1 miles, 30.7 km, direction SW of Morwenstow)

Legendry seat of King Arthur, graced with spectacular cliff scenery and the ruins of a castle built for the Earl of Cornwall in 1145, and of a Celtic Monastery. King Arthur's.....

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RHS Garden Rosemoor (35 Pictures)

(18.5 miles, 29.7 km, direction E)


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Lundy Island (52 Pictures)

(18.8 miles, 30.2 km, direction N)

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Tintagel Castle (83 Pictures)

(18.8 miles, 30.3 km, direction SW)

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Merlin's Cave (8 Pictures)

(18.9 miles, 30.4 km, direction SW)

This deep cavernous black slate hole, full of eyrie atmosphere is said to be the cave where the legendry King Arthur is purported.....

Tintagel Post Office, Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel Old Post Office (11 Pictures)

(19.1 miles, 30.7 km, direction SW)

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Launceston Castle, Cornwall

Launceston Castle (9 Pictures)

(20.5 miles, 33.0 km, direction S)


Lydford Castle, Lydford, Devon

Lydford Castle (1 Pictures)

(26.7 miles, 43.0 km, direction SE)

A simple square keep is all that remains of Lydford Castle. The castle, standing on a small mound in the shadow of the church.....

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