If you are up for a good-many steps, Tintagel and nearby St Nectan’s Glen, will plunge you into a magical world of myth and legend.
14 miles from Wadebridge, along the North coast of Cornwall.
I’m sure you have heard the tales of knights, a round table and daring-do, encapsulated in the stories of King Arthur and the mystical land of Camelot. In Tintagel history and legend collide with a mixture of stories of King Mark of Cornwall, Tristan and Iseult, and King Arthur. No one fully knows what is fact and what is fiction, but there can be no doubt about the beauty of Tintagel, even on a busy summer’s day.
Down on Merlin’s beach, are great caves yawn in the cliff, enticing families to venture into the dark! It’s dog friendly, so a number of pooches were swimming and playing in the waves on the day our visitors went.
After a long walk up the hill, the ruins of a once dominating castle remains, and with the help of signs, the picture of the inhabitants of this once mighty settlement are painted for you. A walk to the top gives you breathtaking views of the coastline, along with an even older settlement, chapel and garden. Out on the outcrop is the magnificent statue of King Arthur himself, pictured above, a recent and welcome addition to the Tintagel Castle experience. Children’s activities are held on the next section of this huge castle, some of which sadly fell into the sea many years ago. Once back down at the café and toilets, do take a few minutes to pop into the shop and museum, which gives a vivid portrayal of the history of Tintagel Castle.
Watch out of our next blog item on St Nectan’s Glen, a nearby experience not to be missed – although with a lot more steps involved, best not tackled on the same day!