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Caves in Cornwall

Explore the caves of Cornwall, discover magical locations and mysterious folklore

carnglaze-caverns 2St Neot, Carnglaze Caverns

Explore this former slate mine, which is part of Cornwall’s mining heritage. There is an enchanting underground lake, with crystal clear blue/green water. It is 60 metres underground, and you will be equipped with a hard hat and torch as you make the descent. The Caverns are 10 degrees Celsius throughout the year, so it is cooler than outside in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Above the cave there is a magical woodland walkway, which goes through Quarry Wood which has 4 acres of bluebells in the spring. It is said to be a perfect place for fairy spotting! Also browse the crystals and crafts shop.

Holywell Bay, Pink Caves Holywell Bay Cave, Cornwall

At low tide this unique pink cave can be found tucked under the southern cliffs of Kelsey Head. It is well hidden, and from the beach it is just a mere slit in the rocks. There are steps that lead to the several pools ascending towards a hole in the cave roof. The steps can be very slippery, so be careful.
The outline of the pools has a creamy-white calcareous (chalky) deposit which has built up from the mineral rich water dripping from the roof. This deposit is also tinted with pink, red and blue and looks grotto like. It is worth taking a torch to explore. It is not recommended that you visit the cave alone, and it is advisable to check tide times too.

Crantock Beach, horse carving and poemCrantock Beach, horse carving and poem

Crantock beach is in a picturesque small village just outside of Newquay. In the early twentieth century a woman was horse riding along Crantock beach. She and her horse got cut off as the tide came in and the rough seas swept them away drowning them both. Her distraught lover carved a poem into a rock, in a cave on the beach, along with a portrait of his lost love and her horse. The poem reads:
‘Mar not my face but let me be
Secure in this lone cave by the sea
Let the wild waves around me roar
Kissing my lips for evermore’
This poem and carving of the anonymous woman can still be seen today when you walk across the beach, past the dunes, and on to explore the caves.

Tintagel, Merlin’s CaveTintagel Castle, Merlin's Cave, Cornwall

Steeped in legend, this cave is perhaps the most magical and certainly the most well-known cave on the list. Located beneath Tintagel Castle, it is 100 metres long passing completely through Tintagel Island from Tintagel Haven. The sea cave is formed by marine erosion. Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson made the cave famous in his poem Idylls of the King, describing waves bringing the infant Arthur to shore and Merlin carrying him to safety.
There is a controversial carving of Merlin next to the cave, which was done this year by English heritage who care for the castle. In our opinion it is very subtle and does not in any way ruin the magic – enjoy!

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