Walk Cornwall’s fantastic and fascinating coastline
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We always reckon that if you give people great views and lots of interesting features along a walk, they stop mileage-clocking and lose themselves in the business of exploring.
So with that in mind, my friends, we bring you Tintagel.
Swirling in myths and legends, this wild and rugged stretch of Cornish coastline is a delight for walkers.
Not only is it brimming with historical sites – from the famous castle ruins that were the supposed birthplace of King Arthur through to Neolithic monuments – but the scenery is nothing short of fantastic.
It’s a new destination for Large Outdoors and we’ve found a great base for our weekend’s exploration, a very smart hostel that has lovely sociable spaces which wouldn’t look out of place in a holiday cottage rental and it comes with ring-side seats of the sea.
In a nutshell:
- Delight in the beauty of the rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wildness of this part of Cornwall
- Sit and listen to the roar of the sea while you’re enjoying the company of your fellow walkers.
- Let the sea air work its wonders and tuck in to great grub knowing you’ve burnt the calories.
Tintagel Weekend Dates
- Friday 8th – Sunday 10th November 2020
- Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June 2020
When we saw the position of the hostel we went ‘wow’ so we’re sure you will too when you arrive. Tucked away on the edge of a cliff with uninterrupted views down to the sea, the hostel is actually only 15 minutes’ walk into Tintagel and yet it is a place of solitude.
So having arrived (any time after 5pm) and met your Large Outdoors host as well as your fellow walking companions, there’s plenty of time for a quick scout around particularly as the hostel is right on the coastal path.
Don’t stray too far though as there will be an evening meal bubbling away and ready to be served at around 8pm.
While we’re tucking in, we then outline our plans for the weekend particularly what we have in mind for longer and shorter walk options.
With the legendary Large Outdoors cheeseboard appearing on the table there’s then time for a sundowner with a glass in-hand and a slice of fromage in the other!
After a proper walker’s breakfast at 8am we put out all the ingredients and goodies for the group to pack up their lunch and leave you to concoct your sarnie fillings.
There are numerous walk options so here’s a sample of what we might do:
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. When we reach 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 so lo and behold there’s a choice of clotted cream and scones at the tearoom or a pint at one of the pubs before we head back to base.
Rocky Valley: A shorter walk could see us shuttle a car to Boscastle so people would only have to walk the coastal journey back home. 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.
Late afternoon onwards
After spending some time exploring Tintagel, the hunger pangs will start to kick in and so we head back to enjoy an evening of freshly prepared food accompanied by the obligatory sunset over the sea!
After breakfast we pack up and leave the hostel. Today’s walks are shorter given the distances most people will need to travel but they are certainly not short of interest or beautiful scenery.
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.
About the location
The north Cornish coast is a place where villages cling to the cliffs in dramatic fashion, protected from the crash and swell of the Atlantic.
While the sandy beaches and the waves are a magnet for holidaymakers and surfers, walkers are treated to the South West Coast Path, one of the UK’s longest and most beautiful trails hugging the coastline.
On top of this there are oodles of paths inland that we can take to explore the villages and surrounding countryside of this special bit of Britain.
Good to know:
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Bodmin Parkway
Bus: From Bodmin Parkway you can get a 75 bus to Wadebridge bus station, a 584 bus to Camelford, then a 595 bus to the Tintagel Visitor Centre.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 2 nights hostel accommodation.
- 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities may incur an additional charge.
- Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
- 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.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Arrival Time: 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.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
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Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
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“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016