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'Cliff tops, ruined castles and the mighty Atlantic.'

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

The north Cornish coast is a wild stretch of Atlantic waterfront, with craggy headlands and rocky islands of eroded stacks. The famous ruined castle of Tintagel is the supposed birthplace of King Arthur, just one site that shows how long this area of coast has been inhabited – we’ll see everything from neolithic monuments to the ruins of modern industry. Alongside these human artefacts, the crash of the waves is always evident, and the whole coastline is easily accessible via walking trails, where sea-birds circle over walkers making their way along the cliff tops.

Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA

Based in Tintagel YHA, we’ll be in the perfect place to discover this coastline. The days will be spent walking the seaside paths and admiring the dramatic cliffs, and in the evening we’ll be in the perfect place to watch the sun going down over the ocean in the west.

In a nutshell:

  • Explore the north Cornish coast, an area of outstanding beauty.
  • Discover the best views over rugged cliffs and sandy beaches on a fully hosted and guided weekend, where you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.
  • Meet some new friends and relax in our exclusive hostel, with freshly prepared food.
  • Admire the ruins of Tintagel castle, and the other historical sights along this fascinating coast.

About the location

North Cornwall

The 40 miles of the north Cornish coast is a place where villages cling to the cliffs in dramatic scenes, protected from the crash and swell of the Atlantic, only to be relieved on those warm summer days when the sandy beaches become the homes of families playing in the sand, and surfers playing in the waves. The whole coastline is accessible via the South West Coast Path, one of the UK’s longest and most beautiful trails, and as well as the cliff-tops there are many miles of inland paths, exploring the villages and farmland of this special part of Cornwall.

Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA

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You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel from about 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing dinner. You’ll be introduced to your fellow walking companions, and will no doubt want to spend some time admiring the spectacular view – we’re perched right on the cliff top with the Atlantic only a stone’s throw away.

After dinner we’ll go over the next day’s plans and answer any questions you have. There is a chance for the group to split into a longer and a shorter walk, and we’ll detail what these will be over a classic Large Outdoors cheese-board.

Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA


After a sit-down breakfast at 8am and time to make packed lunches, we’ll head off walking for the day. Our main goal is to explore the coastline, but there are a few walk options:

  • Tintagel Castle and Boscastle

    Heading north along the coast path, we’ll explore the ruins of Tintagel Castle, a short walk from the hostel. From there we continue north along the cliffs, past the rocky islands of The Sisters and the sandy bay of Bossiney Haven. Upon reaching the mouth of the River Valency near Boscastle, we turn inland to follow its wooded valley and then join farmland paths to make our way back to Tintagel village. By this point we’ll probably be ready for a tea, or something stronger, and luckily it’s only a short stroll from the village back to the hostel.

  • Rocky Valley

    A shorter walk could see us shuttle a car to Boscastle, so people would only have to walk the coastal journey and then head back for a well deserved tea. Alternatively, after Bossiney Haven, a group could turn inland up Rocky Valley and head to the waterfall in this hidden wooded oasis, before following farmland paths to Tintagel and perhaps having more time to explore the castle and the village.

    Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA

Late afternoon onwards

After spending some time exploring Tintagel, we’ll return to the hostel and enjoy an evening of freshly prepared food and sunset over the sea. Normally by this point everyone is fully hooked on the Cornish coast and are making various plans to escape here when the weekend is done. A few drinks only helps this dream!


After another 8am sit-down breakfast, it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. We won’t be going far though, as we’ll probably feel like exploring more of the nearby coast on this morning’s walk.
Options include:

  • Tregardock Beach

    Heading south from Tintagel, we’ll pass Trebarwith Strand and admire the massive rocky mount of Gull Rock, far out to sea. Passing the aptly named Treknow, we’ll continue south to explore Tregardock Beach, a stunning landscape of sandy straights scattered with boulders. There may even be time for a dip in the sea if anyone’s feeling brave!

  • Pentire Point

    Driving south, we could head further afield and explore the peninsula of Pentire Point, which lies on one side of the estuary of the River Camel. Starting in Polzeath, we would circumnavigate the peninsula, admiring the cliffs and the Iron-Age hillfort on Rumps Point, before spending some time on the sands of Padstow Bay.

Our Base:

About the accommodation

Tintagel YHA is a comfy hostel, an old building refurbished to modern standards, perched right above the cliffs on the north Cornish coast, and a short walk from the village. As with all our weekends there’s a comfy social area, endless hot drinks, and plenty of showers.

Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA


You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

Food Provided:

For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meals on both Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk. On the Sunday, we usually head to a local pub or café for lunch which is not included in the price of the weekend.

As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.

Guided walking weekend in north cornwall staying at Tintagel YHA


This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. All bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.

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