Monday 24 June 2019
The Magical, Mysterious Waterfall at St.Nectan's Kieve, Cornwall
My previous post was about St.Piran's Holy Well and St. Piran's Church. From the same area - Trethevey - there is a walk to what is often known as St.Nectan's Waterfall. This is a quite magical and mysterious place to visit. The photo above shows the waterfall.
First though it's a walk alongside a couple of cottages.
And after a short while, the sea on Cornwall's north coast comes into view across the fields.
The path becomes wooded and St.Nectan's Glen, with it's waterfall, is at the top of the valley.
The path through the woods continues ...
... until the waterfall is reached - well, nearly. Unfortunately this is on private ground so there is a charge to continue to the waterfall itself (see current prices here).
At last we are at St.Nectan's waterfall.
To be correct though we are actually at St.Nectan's Kieve (Kieve being the Cornish word for wash tub!)
It's an idyllic, almost spiritual place, with a touch of magic thrown in. The waterfall cascades about 60 feet. It has been an inspiration for many writers and artists, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Charles Dickens visited the site with his friend the artist, Daniel Maclise. This resulted is the romanticised painting as seen below, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1843.
The woman in the painting is believed to be Georgina Hogarth, Dickens sister-in-law.
All around the Kieve there are ribbons on trees with messages left by visitors.
The area can get a little busy at the height of the tourist season - my photos were snapped when all was reasonably quiet.
As well as all of the ribbons there are stone messages and thoughts left by visitors.
I think it's a lovely spot, the hole in the rock makes the waterfall a bit special.
There is a money tree as well - lots of coins pushed into a tree trunk. The reason for this is as per my blog post The Cornish Piskies and the Money Tree.
To quote the owners about the Kieve: "this is a place where animals and birds play amid a mysticism of fairies, piskies, serenaded by the wonderful sound of bird song".
To finish the post there is a mystery or perhaps a legend!
It is said that shortly before his death St.Nectan threw his silver chapel bell into the waterfall. On his death his body and other treasures were placed in a chest beneath the rocks in the kieve.
The years passed until a group of miners attempted to blast their way through to the treasure, but this proved unsuccessful.
As they were leaving they heard the ringing of a bell and then came an invisible voice which said, "The child is not yet born who shall recover the treasure."
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