Boscastle to Tintagel Walk
This is a popular coastal walk from the village of Boscastle to Tintagel in Cornwall. The route runs for a distance of 4 miles using a lovely section of the South West Coast Path. It's an undulating path, with a few climbs along the way.
The walk starts from the parking area at the visitor centre in Bocastle. From here you can pick up the waymarked coast path and follow it to Bocastle Harbour. There's nice views over the picturesque harbour to Penally Point and the small rocky island Meachard.
The route continues along the rugged coast around Grower Rock, Firebeacon Hill, Trambley Cove and Benoath Cove.
The path then passes the striking headland of Barras Nose before coming to Tintagel. The castle ruins are in a spectacular location with the remaining ruins linked by a wonderful footbridge created by English Heritage (view the video below for more information on this). This allows people to enjoy a view which hasn't been seen for about 500 years as the original natural land bridge collapsed in the 15th century. It's a spectacular sight and one of the major highlights of the English Coast.
The castle has a long association with legends related to King Arthur. This began in the 12th century when Geoffrey of Monmouth described Tintagel as the place of Arthur's conception in his fictionalized account of British history, Historia Regum Britanniae.
After exploring the site you can stroll into the pretty Tintagel village, located just to the east of the castle. Here you can visit King Arthur's Hall which contains some works of art relating to the Arthurian legend and is now a popular visitor attraction for Arthurian enthusiasts.
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk Pubs/Cafes
There's lots of great options for refreshments in Tintagel village. Charlie's can be found in the centre of the village and well worth a visit. It's a small, well established, family restaurant and delicatessen with great food and a nice outdoor seating area. You can find in an old 14th century cottage located on Fore St with a postcode of PL34 0DA.
Boscastle to Tintagel Walk Dog Walking
The castle is dog friendly but you are advised to keep them on short leads as there are a lots of steps and cliff edges.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you wanted to extend the walk you could continue south along the coast path and visit the lovely beach at Trebarwith Strand. It has 800m of sandy beach, contained by cliffs, in which natural caves are found.
There's also the delightful St Nectan's Glen in nearby Trethevy. There's nice footpaths here with woodland, river paths and waterfalls to see. The glen's most prominent feature is St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. It's located about a mile north east of the village and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area.