Cornwall is a land of romance and mystery, with tales of magic and wonder. So on the eve of Valentine's Day, let us tell you a tale of romance, tragedy and poetry!
Crantock Beach, visited by thousands of visitors every and loved by countless visitors, but who would think, on a beautiful sunny day, with surfers bobbing around like seals in the sea and children playing on the huge sandy beach or amongst the towering dunes that, hidden away, far from view, amongst the rocky cliffs walls is the mysterious Piper's Hole cave.
The cave is only accessible at low tide, but there is a beautiful secret to discover there. The perfectly carved face of a lady, with the exquisite script which reads:
"Mar not my face but let me be,
Secure in this lone cavern by the sea,
Let the wild waves around me roar,
Kissing my lips for evermore."
Locals believe the poetic carver to be Joseph Prater, one of a large artistic family who lived in Crantock at the turn of the 20th Century. The mystery remains, however, of who the lady might have been. The carved horse was added quite some time later, as reports of a lady out riding, and caught by the changing tides met an untimely end. There were other stories reported on from around Joseph Prater’s time in Crantock of a lady drowning and others suppose it may be the carver’s sister. Whoever she was, this romantic mystery will no doubt keep people talking for as long as the beautiful poem adorns Piper’s Hole.
Have a mysterious and romantic Valentine’s Day and come and discover the carving in Piper’s Hole some day too.