Saturday, 9 March 2019
The Wonderful Coastline At Menabilly - Daphne du Maurier Country
A few photos of a walk along the coast path from Menabilly on Cornwall's south coast.
The author Daphne du Maurier lived at the estate house here from 1943 to 1969. Unfortunately the house is hidden away from the beach and coastal path
Menabilly was Du Maurier's inspiration for Manderley in her book Rebecca. The first sentence of the book reads : Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.
The sentence is almost like a cry from herself. At the time her husband had been temporarily posted to Alexandria, which she disliked. She longed to return to Menabilly, her Manderley, and to see the cliffs, sea and the wooded headlands. And who can blame her!
I did manage to dig out a very old photo - below - of the author at Menabilly with her children - though the quality isn't very good.
The Menabilly estate extends along one side of the coastal path.
The day we walked along the coast path it was quite hazy in the distance, as can be seen from the photos. The photo above and below shows where the River Fowey joins the sea.
Lots of ups and downs, of course, along the path but such wonderful views, especially on a clear day.
Retracing our footsteps the sun brightened up the day - and even the cows came out to play!
It's a lovely stretch of coast to walk.
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