Sunday 2 June 2019
Walking to Gribbin Head Cornwall - Daphne du Maurier Country
A visit we made - well, one we do often - to Gribbin Head with it's Gribbin tower. This is such a lovely stretch of coastline and one which inspired the writer Daphne du Maurier to write books such as Rebecca.
We parked the car at Menabilly and walked through the fields to Polridmouth - the beach above - and also the ornamental lake as below.
During the second world war Polridmouth was used as a decoy site. Lights were placed around the ornamental lake to lure enemy bombers away from nearby Fowey harbour, particularly during the build up to the D-Day invasion when 2,000 American troops were stationed in and around Fowey town.
I digress! We were actually walking to Gribbin Head and to Gribbin tower - that's the tower in the photo below.
It's a bit of a hill to climb but worth it for the views.
Gribbin Head has been an important lookout for many centuries. Iron Age people and medieval farmers settled on this viewpoint.
In Elizabethan times the Gribbin was a beacon site which, in 1588, helped carry the news to London of the approaching Spanish Armada.
Since 1832 the Gribbin (tower) has been an 84 ft. daymark to enable ships and other craft to pinpoint the approach to Fowey's harbour.
The detail below is over the door into the Gribbin.
There are lovely views and it's possible to continue walking along the coast path for many miles.
The photo below shows the entrance to the Fowey River and the harbour beyond. This is the entrance often missed by ships prior to the daymark being built.
Walking down the hill the views continue.
It's interesting that prior to 1988 the brow of the Gribbin was covered in dense scrub. Since then cattle grazing has been introduced and the grassland is now herb rich. In summer there is a variety of wild flowers and plants to be found.
I love this stretch of coast, such wonderful views and it's an essential place for any Daphne du Maurier fans to visit. The area brings her books alive.
The Wonderful Coastline At Menabilly - Daphne du Maurier Country
Daphne Du Maurier Featured On Large Cornish Mural
Beyond The Beacon Near Du Maurier's Manderley / Menabilly
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