So last time, I came to the end of my first of two days with a car. On my second day, I decided to roam about a bit more.
My first stop was the ruined chapel at Roche Rock. It’s an interesting trip. You’re driving around in a small town, going into small subdivisions and passing through a tiny town center. You drive down a side road and suddenly see this:
Roche Rock bears a ruined chapel to St. Michael the Archangel, built in the fifteenth century. It is said that Tregeagle, the reputed ghost, wizard, and giant, once cheated the hounds of Hell by sticking his head through the small window you can see in the wall of the chapel, so he had holy sanctuary.
The next site was the spectacular hilltop of Carn Brea, just outside Redruth. It does have some Neolithic and Iron Age sites, but most of those are well overgrown. Nonetheless, it’s worthwhile for two reasons. The first is the impressive rock formations that loom over the landscape, such as the Giant’s Head.
The second are two follies, monuments erected by the rich for their amusement or to keep the local people occupied. The first of these is the Bassett Monument at the top of the hill, erected in 1836 by public subscription in honor of Baron Francis Basset.
The second is Carn Brea Castle, also erected by the Basset family on the former site of a chapel. There’s supposed to be a great Jordanian restaurant there, but apparently it’s only open by appointment and for at least four guests. (Something to arrange in advance for my next trip, perhaps?)
I spent some time hiking around on the top of the hill, taking in the gorgeous views, before I decided to head to other sites later that day.