I take great joy in introducing the uninitiated traveller to the delights of Cornwall, Britain’s most magicl county and the point of origin for the Changeling Trilogy.
We were in Porthleven and The Lizard again recently and visited the Witchcraft Museum (Museum of Witchcraft and Magic) where much of the inspriration for the series took flight. It’s the greatest spcae for exploring the ancient lore, in my view, and even beats Salem and similar dedicated spaces on account of its breadth, authenticity and journey through witchcraft, nestling in magical Boscastle, haunt of many a Sea Witch down the centuries.
Coverack is, of course, the site of much of the action in the series and it’s not surprising that it plays such a prominent rle, not least because the first book was largely written there. Coverack was the site of an ancient Bronze Age settlement and a walk along its coastal paths soaked in the heady scent of ancient apple and wild garlic is the surest way of spotting the little folk in the hedgerows as they eternally chase the darker shadows cast by more malevolent residents.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Mousehole, where the famous Mousehole Cat once defied a storm that was starving is residents? The locals still celebrate this feat in their stargazey pie and in the magical lights that fill the harbour at Christmas.
However, a favourite place of ours is Kynance Cove. It was once one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, a series of beaches and caves that could easily feature in a pirate’s dream of the South Pacific, but proudly light up the tip of the county’s tail. How many children have visited in the hope of glancing a glimpse of Savannah’s Crustal Cave or maybe even catching the heroic mermaid at play with her dolphin companions, Moonstone necklace shining like a star?
If you’ve visited Cornwall this Summer, then why not re-visit the Changeling Trilogy to re-trace the steps of your holiday in the enchanted county? It will transport you straight back there? But if you haven’t yet, then read all about it in the Legend of the Lost and start planning who and where you’ll visit first this time next year when the long WInter wanes?
*If you’re on Facebook, why not join the group dedicated to the Changeling Trilogy?