Explore the pretty village of Tintagel and visit the spectacular coastal castle. The walk starts in the village and then takes you over a bridge to the island where you enter the courtyard through a gate. Here you will find 18 acres to explore with a garden, chapel, tunnel, well and the remains of the Great Hall.
You continue along the beautiful coast path to Lye rock before returning to the start point in the village.
The area is steeped in Arthurian legend with the walk taking you past King Arthur's Hall in Tintagel village. This historic building contains works of art telling the story of King Arthur and is a popular visitor attraction.
The South West Coast Path runs past the castle so you could continue your walk along this long distance trail towards Boscastle.
The walk from the village is a very popular way of visiting the castle. It's about a 4 mile route along a rugged piece of coast. You can see more details on the Boscastle to Tintagel Walk page.
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Tintagel Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Tintagel 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 delicatessen with great food and a nice outdoor seating area. You can find it in an old 14th century cottage located on Fore Street 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.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend the walk 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.
Continue south and you will soon come to the noteworthy village of Port Isaac. The picturesque village has been made famous by ITV's 'Doc Martin' featuring Martin Clunes. The Port Isaac Walk will take you to the nearby Port Quin where there is a beautiful bay. See the Tintagel to Port Isaac Walk for full details of how to reach the village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Cornwall Walks page.