Blackways Cove is an isolated inlet just along
the coast from the golden North Cornwall beach of Trebarwith Strand. It is
said to be haunted, but no one really knows by whom. Could it be the
ghosts of shipwrecked sailors drowned when their vessels were torn apart
on the treacherous rocks nearby? Or it could be the restless spirit of a
local man doomed to haunt the scene of his crime - a crime with a curious
twist in the tale?
Many years ago a man with two sons farmed in
the vicinity, and on his death left his entire estate to his eldest son,
cutting out the younger one without a penny. The younger son went away
wracked with jealousy that fomented over time to be an obsession until,
convinced that he had been cheated of his birthright he set out to wreak
revenge on his elder brother. One night he crept onto the farm and set
fire to the buildings. The blaze took hold and the entire property was
razed to the ground. The ruins of this once prosperous farm may still be
seen near Backways - a few stones from the farmhouse and outbuildings were
all that remained.
Only in the morning did he discover that his
brother had died the day before - and left the entire estate to him.