We first discovered Rocky Valley in 2005, when my hair was black and my waist was thin. I haven’t been back since then, but last week we had a free day and decided to have a day rambling around Tintagel and then a walk to rocky valley.
Rocky Valley is managed by the National Trust, the sign says purchased with funds given in memory of a lady called Mary. (Sadly, I can’t find out anything about Mary on the NT website or in fact the whole interweb.)
This beautiful walk takes you along the river Trevillet to the old abandoned mill (Trewethett Mill which was used for yarn production in the 18th century) there you will find 2 rock carving on the site of an ancient settlement. The rock carvings discovered in 1948 are believed by some to be from the early Bronze Age (1800-1400 BC)
Rocky Valley and Trewethett Mill is a (Cloutie well.)
A Cloutie is traditionally a piece of cloth, which would be tied to a tree as part of a Celtic tradition. (Please see Madron Wishing Well page for more detail)
The name ‘Cloutie’ is a combination of ‘Cloth’ and ‘Tie’.
A Cloutie is believed to carry energy, meaning that the clothing we wear everyday absorbs our own personal energy (and vice versa).This implies that we can purposefully transfer energy into a Cloutie for a particular intention.
Cloutie wells are places of pilgrimage in Celtic areas. They are wells or springs, almost always with a tree growing beside them, where strips of cloth or rags have been left, usually tied to the branches of the tree as part of a healing ritual.
The walk carries on as you following the river down the Gorge to the coast
Once down at the coast, the stream tumbles over a series of photogenic falls just before it reaches the sea.
Take extreme care around here because when wet, the smooth slate rocks are as slippery as ice!