|Subject: Re: Cornwall and S. Ireland|
There is nothing I like better than a little validation!
I am not sure if I am spelling Clovely correctly...it may be Clovelly,
but I'm not sure. This is a really charming little town on the Northwest
coast of Devon, very near the border with
Cornwall. This ancient town descend very steeply from the top of a wooded
hill down to the sea. And I mean steeply. The cobbled main street is impassable
As one enters the town one comes into a large parking area. There are
usually a few temporary (tented) shops set about around the parking lot.
One of the best is an outlet store selling Barbour
and other outdoorsy
After parking, the visitor must pass through a very strange visitors'
center. It is huge...there is a charge (small) for entering the town,
and a book and souvenir shop, snack bar, rest rooms and
a film about the town. Get through this weirdness as quickly as you can.
As you pass through the exit of the visitors' center, you are at the top
of the village, and can take your time ambling downward. There are some
shops and eating establishments as you go along,
mostly near the bottom of the village, at the small harbor. The entire
place is beautiful and shouldn't be missed, even if you have to pass through
Clovelly World to get there.
Oh, and once you are at the bottom, you don't have to climb back up! There
are Land Rovers, or other van type vehicles, that drive you back up the
hill, on a pretty road that skirts the village,
and, I imagine, may have been built just for this purpose. The price of
admission to the town covers your ride back up the hill. The same is true
when visiting Tintagel. Otherwise, I still might be
climbing back up!