Can You Hear The Cuckoo Calling?
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High on the northern side of the Deancombe Valley stands a huge rock known as the 'Cuckoo Rock' and this has been a point of pilgrimage for many years. There are several versions as to why it is so called, firstly there are those that consider the shape of the top-most outcrop resembles that of a bird or tradition has it that this was where a local farmer always heard the first cuckoo of spring. Whilst I have heard the cuckoo in the Deancombe valley, I have never actually seen it but that is part of the birds' mystery - often heard seldom seen. Distant legend also says that the rock was a place where the piskies used to meet and dance and frolic in the moonlight. In days of old this was also said to be where smuggled liquor was hidden.In more recent times the rock has become a favourite place for 'bouldering'. Cuckoo Rock is a special place for me as I have spent many hours here over the years, either walking or climbing.
You are looking for a 35mm film canister on the trail leading up to Cuckoo Rock.
Car parking is available at N50° 30.364 W004°01.191.
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