Roche Rock, Cornwall
Roche Rock is another of the hidden gems of Cornwall. Partly carved out of, and partly created of the surrounding rock it is thought to have been either a hermitage and/or occupied by a leper. It also features in the story of Tristan and Isolde in the King Arthur legends. Variations on stories centred on the doomed love of Tristan and Isolde, one of the most famous subjects of the medieval romancers who created the epics of King Arthur literature. Tristan was King Mark's nephew who accidentally shared a love potion with King Mark's intended queen Isolde, resulting in Tristan and Isolde falling hopelessly in love. Thereafter, their lives involved in a series of furtive trysts, while they sought to escape the traps laid for them by the suspicious Mark. Roche Rock is one of a number of sites around Cornwall that are linked with the lovers. The real tragedy, though is that in one of the more unremarkable areas of Cornwall, Roche Rock is not treated as a major tourist attraction. On the day of our visit we could find no parking area near the rock, and one had to climb over the wall next to the road to find any information about it.
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