Boscastle Harbour Tintagel-Boscastle Road St. Nectan's Kieve Bronze Age marking, Rocky Valley Rocky Valley Benoath Cove Bossiney Haven Trebarwith Strand

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Boscastle

Five minutes up the road lies Boscastle, one of Cornwall's loveliest and most famous fishing villages, fully repaired after the 2004 floods, and absolutely not to be missed. The harbour is formed by a natural inlet and it is worth walking down both sides for the stunning views and out to the Coastguard Lookout Point on the hill on the south side. The famous Museum of Witchcraft is in the village near the carpark, there are a couple of pubs, and pretty walking in the Valency valley. As you are staying nearby, go early or late to avoid the crowds in summer. The 3 hour walk between Tintagel and Boscastle is one of the finest sections of the whole south west coast path and is highly recommended, with high rocky cliffs, stacks and turquoise seas, and passes through Bossiney Haven and the Rocky Valley.

St. Nectan's Kieve

St. Nectan's Kieve is a spectacular 60' waterfall in St. Nectan's Glen above Bossiney, where there is a carpark for visitors. A walk of approximately 20-30 minutes takes you up the pretty woodland glen of the Trevillet River (which can be muddy after wet weather) to a cottage and tea garden, allegedly the site of the saint's hermitage. The kieve (Cornish for 'basin') lies below. The £4 entry fee is worth it as the waterfall is particularly beautiful, its last drop falling through a circular hole in the rock. Considered an important pagan sacred site many votive offerings are scattered around the area.

Rocky Valley

Just beyond Bossiney the road drops very steeply to cross the Trevillet River. Just before doing so there is a car parking area on the right; on the opposite side of the road is a private road down which a footpath runs to the Rocky Valley. About halfway down the valley rock carvings (possibly bronze age) can be found next to some ruins. Beyond the valley deepens and the river tumbles attractively over rocky steps before carving a narrow chasm into the sea. This is an impressive and atmospheric place, especially when a big swell is running, but stay away from the flat rocks at the end in such conditions as freak waves here have washed people away.

Bossiney Haven

The nearest beach to Tintagel is Bossiney Haven. You can walk to it from Guinevere in about 30 minutes though beware that the path is steep in places. Alternatively you can park by the telephone box in Bossiney for free (if you are lucky) or in the adjacent field for a small fee. A path leads downhill, steeply on rocky steps at the end, to this attractive and secluded cove. There is an interesting cave to explore, the water is particularly turquoise in the sun and there is good snorkeling. Bossiney Haven is covered at high tide and is not lifeguarded. Benoath Cove, around the corner, has a wide sandy beach and is accessible at low water, but is quickly cut off by the rising tide. There is no escape from this cove up the cliffs behind so please exercise caution.

Trebarwith Strand

The Port William Hotel in Trebarwith Strand is a place you are likely to find yourself on more than one occasion during your stay. Perched half way up a cliff above crashing surf at the end of a beautiful valley, its terrace is the place to be at sunset on a warm evening, but is equally rewarding at any time, especially if the sea is rough. Trebarwith has a lovely mile wide low tide beach with good surfing but be very careful not to be cut off around the corner on a rising tide. At high tide just sit and enjoy watching the waves hitting the rocks! Trebarwith can be reached along the coast path in about 45 minutes from Tintagel if you do not want to drive. Up the wooded valley lies another good pub with excellent food, The Mill House Inn.

Guinevere, Tintagel

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