One of the most interesting and distinctive landmarks of mid-Cornwall, this is the granite outcrop of Roche Rock and the ruins of the chapel perched at the top.
Roche Rock by snowyturner
Roche Rock - wooooooo!
I have been here twice. Once when I was a small child - small enough that the memory of it became mixed with a dream I had about it the following night. In my ‘memory’ we had a picnic on a rock beneath it, then went to climb the tower inside, and were chased by witches!
You can see why I was suspicious of this memory, and by the time I was a teenager had a assumed it was a dream. BUT THEN WE WENT BACK THERE ON A FAMILY HOLIDAY. There were no witches, but you can climb all over this fucker, and there are metal ladders inside the tower to allow you to do this.
It’s a pretty awesome place. It was a hermitage and is in the middle of this vast empty space of flat ground, on an outcropping of rock. Except for the road, it’s ferns and sky in flat, flat land all around, and Roche Rock in the middle of it. Both my father and I drew Roche Rock on the second visit. Alas, I have neither of the drawings to hand, although my dad, who is nifty with watercolours, later painted it, too.
I can see why living alone in such a striking and beautiful place, contemplating the world, and what must be a stunning view of the stars at night, could be a fulfilling life for a hermit.
Also, its name is a tautology: Rock Rock*. So that’s pretty cool, too.
There are a lot of awesome photos/drawings/paintings of Roche Rock on Google image search. You can see the inside, including the metal ladders (which were a lot longer in my childhood dream-memory). Here’s a nice artistic B&W photo of it surrounded by its sea of ferns. A rock you might sit on for a picnic.
Seriously, guys, I would love to go back to this place and thorough recommend it to other people. And it’s not like Stone Henge - you can climb all over that shit - they even made you ladders. It’s just the most spectacular, yet also kind of humble, place.
*It both is and isn’t as silly as it sounds. The nearby town is ‘Roche’, so it’s the striking rocky outcrop of Roche… but one suspects that the town is also named after the nearby striking rocky outcropping, so the town and the rock have come to name each other.