Circular walks around Tintagel

From the Tintagel Visitors' Centre, there are two circular walks: either the short circular walk which includes St Materiana Church and the Castle or the slightly longer circular walk which includes the more of the coastline, the sandy beach at Bossiney Haven and Rocky Valley. There is also one that starts from the car park at Bossiney, if you'd prefer a shorter walk to Bossiney Haven and Rocky Valley.

If you'd like a purely coastal walk, you can take the bus from Tintagel Visitor's centre to Boscastle and do the one-way walk along the coast path from Boscastle to Tintagel. You can also take the bus to Port Isaac and do the much more demanding one-way walk along the coast path from Port Isaac to Tintagel.

To visit Tintagel as part of a circular walk, the walk from Trebarwith Strand is particularly pretty.

2.4 miles/3.9 km - Easy-moderate

Tintagel

The walk starts from Tintagel Visitor's Centre and passes King Arthur's Great Halls and the Tintagel Old Post Office on its way to Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust. The route then follows the coast past Tintagel Castle to St Materiana's church on the return route.

3 miles/4.8 km - Easy-moderate

Tintagel Church to Trebarwith Strand

From the church on Glebe Cliff, the walk follows the coast path past coastal slate quarries to the cliffs above the sandy surf beach at Trebarwith Strand. After an optional visit to the beach, the route then follows one of the quarrymens' trails into Treknow and returns along age-old lanes and tracks connecting Treknow to the church and castle.

4 miles/6.4 km - Easy-moderate

Tintagel to Rocky Valley

The walk starts from the Visitor's Centre and passes King Arthur's Great Halls and the Old Post Office on its way to Tintagel Castle. The route then follows the coast to Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust - and continues past the Iron Age hillfort at Willapark to the sandy beach at Bossiney Haven. After passing Benoath Cove, the route follows the river up Rocky Valley through the woodland. It returns to Tintagel via Bossiney, where Sir Francis Drake was elected to Parliament.

2.1 miles/3.4 km - Moderate

Bossiney to Rocky Valley

The walk starts from Bossiney, heading out across fields to the hamlet of Halgabron then down the lane to Rocky Valley. The route follows the Trevillett river as it winds through ancient woodland out into a canyon leading to the sea. The walk then joins the coast path, climbing up onto the headland and behind Benoath Cove and finally on to Bossiney Haven.

2.7 miles/4.3 km - Moderate

Trebarwith Valley

The walk follows the stream up from Jeffrey's Pit through bluebell woods emerging at the top of Trebarwith Valley overlooking Trewarmett. The route follows the ridge seawards then drops down into the valley with panoramic views back up to Trewarmett and down to the sea. The walk continues down to the valley floor past an old mill and then back up the other side of the valley through Trebarwith Nature Reserve to the fields in Treknow from which there are more views across the valley in the other direction.

4.1 miles/6.5km - Moderate

Trewarmett to Trebarwith Strand

The walk descends from Jeffrey's Pit and crosses the Trebarwith Nature Reserve to Treknow followed by a footpath that leads to Trebarwith Strand. From Trebarwith Strand there is one fairly steep (but reasonably short) ascent on the coast path to the cliffs and then it's fairly flat all the way. The path across the cliffs has magnificent views of Dennis Point, Trebarwith Strand, the coastal slate quarries (now colonised by birds and flowers) and Penhallic point. The walk back is through some pleasant fields and lanes.

5.4 miles/8.6 km - Moderate

Trebarwith Strand to Tintagel

The walk starts at Trebarwith Strand and follows the tracks trodden by the donkeys laden with slate from the coastal quarries to Tintagel Haven where the slate was loaded onto ships, passing the ancient St Materiana church and Tintagel Castle on the way. The route turns inland from Barras Nose, passing the impressive Victorian Castle Hotel, the mediaeval Old Post Office and King Arthur's Great Halls before returning via Treknow - one of the oldest slate quarrying villages in North Cornwall

5.5 miles/8.7 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Tintagel

Starting with a bus journey to Boscastle, this walk follows the coast path from Boscastle Harbour over Forrabury Common, past the coastal slate quarries to Trevalga. The route continues past a number of offshore islets around Firebeacon Hill, and then descends into Rocky Valley. From here, it passes Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven, and climbs the headland of Willapark, before rounding Barras Nose to reach Tintagel Castle.

6.2 miles/10 km - Moderate

Boscastle to Rocky Valley

The walk starts with a climb from Boscastle Harbour onto Forrabury Common and joins the coast path, passing the mediaeval field system of "stitches" and the coastguard lookout. The route follows the coast path past a unique archway called "The Lady's Window" near Trevalga, before descending into Rocky Valley. The walk then follows the river to the top of Rocky Valley and then climbs up to Trethevy, where there is a mediaeval chapel and holy well. The route from here heads across farmland to Trevalga, passing the church and ancient wayside cross, before reaching Forrabury and finally descending back into Boscastle.

5.8 miles/9.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

Bossiney to Condolden

The walk heads up the hill from Bossiney and drops down into St Nectan's Glen, before climbing the wooded valley alongside the river. From here, it crosses fields and joins a lane leading to Condolden Barrow - the highest point in the area with excellent panoramic views. The return route is via tracks and footpaths, past the slate quarries of Trebarwith Valley and across Trewarmett Downs.

5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

Trewarmett to Tregardock

The walk descends from Jeffrey's Pit and climbs the side of the valley (with excellent views). From here, there is a long gentle descent through fields and farms to Tregardock Beach. From Tregardock, the route joins the coast path over "The Mountain" before a steep descent to Backways Cove. From Backways Cove, there is a gentle ascent of the valley followed by a gentle descent into Trebarwith Valley, to return to Jeffrey's Pit.

2.2 miles/3.5 km - Strenuous

Trebarwith Strand to Backways Cove

The walk climbs from the valley to the tiny Trebarwith village, then descends through fields to coastal heath alongside the stream to reach Backways Cove. In a big winter storm, sea foam collects in the cove and is whipped into foam tornados by the wind. The route then follows the coast path over Dennis Point, where there are spectacular views over Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac Bay, to reach the Port William inn.

4 miles/6.4 km - Strenuous

Trewarmett to Backways Cove

The route starts from Jeffrey's Pit and climbs up the side of the valley (with excellent views) until it reaches Trebarwith Village. From here, there is a gentle descent through the fields to Backways Cove. From Backways, there is a steep ascent of Dennis Point, followed by an even steeper descent to Trebarwith Strand. From Trebarwith Strand, the route climbs back up Trebarwith Valley to Treknow and Trewarmett.

9.7 miles/15.6 km - Strenuous

Port Isaac to Tintagel

After a bus journey from Tintagel to Port Isaac, the walk follows the Cornish Coast Path along the rugged coastline from Port Isaac to Tintagel. The route passes the ancient settlement of Port Gaverne and follows the cliffs to Barretts Zawn where slate was carried by donkey through a tunnel from the clifftop. The walk continues past the abandoned hamlet of Dannonchapel to the large sandy beaches of Tregardock and Trebarwith Strand. From here the route passes Tintagel's ancient church and the castle before ending in Tintagel.