Tintagel - Cornwall, England
Tennyson made this
place famous in
his Idylls of the King when he described waves bringing the
infant Arthur to the shore, where he was plucked
out by Merlin and carried to safety.
Local legend has long associated this cave - which fills with water
at every high tide - with the great enchanter. It is certainly a place
of considerable atmosphere, where one might indeed expect to see Merlin
approaching, with his staff held up to illuminate the darkness of
the cave. It is now mostly the haunt of scuba-divers in search of
shells and fossils.
|The rocks of Tintagel
cliffs loom out over the entrance to Merlin's Cave, making it
a dark and gloomy place.