|Subject: Re: Digest Number 310|
In Cornwall, I would suggest a walk in the moors behind Madron village
which abound with ancient relics, one of the most imposing being Ding
Dong Mine engine house, which has recently been carefully renovated. It
is a medieval mine on the Land's End peninsula.
See this page for a picture: http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~ivey/mct_page.html of the mine with Men-An-Tol, a prehistoric holed standing stone. See http://www.henge.demon.co.uk/cornwall/menantol.html for more information.
Some other places we enjoyed:
COTEHELE - a National Trust property Near St Domonick between Tavistock and Saltash on the banks of the Tamar. Built 1485-1627 the house contains original furniture, armour and a remarkable collection of tapestries and other textiles. There is a series of formal gardens and a richly planted valley garden including medieval dovecote, stewpond and Victorian summerhouse. There is an 18c tower with fine views.
GLENDURGAN GARDEN Mawnan Smith near Falmouth - we liked the maze and the fabulous rhodos.
In Devon, we enjoyed a walk on Exmoor.
How much of Wales are you planning on seeing? We enjoyed the Italianate village Portmeirion. Two other claims to fame - the china of the same name originates from here (not manufactured here but designed by the daughter of the builder, I think) and the television show The Prisoner was filmed here.
We also found that the castles don't always have convenient opening hours or days. So plan accordingly.
One trip we did not make was a ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway. This is near Portmeirion and Porthmadog.