A UK beach has a hidden cave with mysterious carvings that tourists miss.
Crantock Beach, Cornwall, is popular with holidaymakers who bask in the sun on its beautiful sands.
What many tourists don’t know is that Crantock Beach has a hidden and tragic secret.
There are a series of small caves hidden among the rocks which are easy to miss unless people know what to look for.
One of these caves has a hidden and tragic secret inside it which tourists have been left saddened by.
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Inside one of the caves is a carving of a horse, a close-up of a woman’s face and a poem.
The poem says: “Mar not my face by let me be/Secure in this lone cavern by the sea/Let the wild waves around me roar/Kissing my lips for evermore.”
It is believed that the poem was written by a heartbroken lover.
The local legend says that the woman and her horse were trapped by the waves and swept out to sea.
The bereaved lover, known as Joseph Prater, allegedly carved the poem and drawings into the stone to immortalise them.
As well as a sad story, the tale of the lost lover acts as a warning to people who visit.
Tourists are advised to visit the cave at low tide and ask local guides about the safest routes.
Earlier this year, the National Trust issued a warning to tourists after a sustained period of wet weather.
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The National Trust said: “Following the recent weather and spring tides, we’re asking visitors to take extra care around the dune system at Crantock Beach. Please stay clear from the base of the sand cliffs and do not allow children to play near them.”
Meanwhile, glowing reviews of Crantock Beach have been left by people on Tripadvisor.
One user wrote: “Definitely a favourite out of the Cornwall Beaches. So spacious and large. Dog friendly all year and National Trust. Great place for surfing and loads of little waterways for children to paddle in. Can Paddle Board on the gally out to sea.
“The only downside is that the food hut is expensive at £12 for a plain burger. £7 for chips. The carpark is overly a good size and is staffed.
“Tide comes in quickly and just be aware of your surroundings. Lots of caves to explore and rock pools.”
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