On Saturday I played the dutiful son card and took my mother to visit an old college friend of hers who lives in Cornwall. It was about a two and a half hour drive down to Roche, which is between Bodmin and St Austell. The weather was generally good but cloudy on and off. After lunch, a pasty of course, I went off on my own to explore and take some photos. My mother's friend had suggested I visit Roche Rock, on the edge of the village, so that was my first port of call. I was blown away by how beautiful, dramatic and interesting it was. It is, basically, a huge lump of granite (a bit like the tors on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor) with an old building perched up on it.
As an aside, and this will interest my Glastonbury friends, the old building was a chapel built in the early medieval period (about 600 years ago). It was dedicated to St Michael and, as far as I can tell, is on the famous Michael line. This is a line of buildings and places, all dedicated to St Michael, that you can draw from St Michael's Mount near the tip of Cornwall, through Roche Rock, Burrow Mump, Glastonbury Tor and on across the country.
Anyway, here are some pictures.
It reminded me of my favourite scene in the Lord of the Rings films, where the beacons are being lit to summon help to Minas Tirith
As I said, it was a very dramatic place.
Of course, I had a go at making it look even more dramatic.
This was my favourite picture from the day. It puts the ruin into the landscape.
There will be more later, including my intrepid climb up into the ruin itself.
This just gets more exciting by the minute.