GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Boscastle to Tintagel Walk

4 miles (6.2 km)

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 toKing Arthur. This began in the 12th century whenGeoffrey of Monmouthdescribed 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 theArthurian legendand is now a popularvisitor attractionfor Arthurian enthusiasts.

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

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 delicatessenwith 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.

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.

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 isSt 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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Entrance to the harbour, Boscastle - - 1325014

Entrance to the harbour, Boscastle The winding entrance might reduce the force of the waves during high sea levels and gales, but the rocks at the side and in the channel must be a hazard to shipping.

Forrabury and Minster, Meachard and Penally Point - - 842702

Forrabury and Minster: Meachard and Penally Point. Meachard is the island. The entrance to Boscastle harbour lies beyond the grass tussocks. Seen from the South West Coast Path

Grower Rock - - 1378404

Grower Rock, near to Trevalga, Cornwall, Great Britain. View north-east along the rugged coastline to the Grower Rock sea stack. Beyond is Willapark and Meachard island marking the entrance to Boscastle Harbour.

Long Island - - 481279

View to Long Island which lies just off Firebeacon Hill. Pretty heather in the foreground

Headland and Barras Nose - - 218874

Headland and Barras Nose. This headland, east of The Island which contains some of Tintagel castle, is viewed from the mainland.

Sea Stack Tintagel - - 687026

A sea stack off Tintagel Island.

Tintagel - - 401634

The Tintagel castle ruins are on the cliffs on the left.

Ruin, Tintagel - - 1384175

Ruin, Tintagel. This is a short distance down from the ruined watermill, and might have been the miller's cottage. It is built 'back-to-earth', and has been repaired with bricks at some time.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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