'Cliff tops, ruined castles and the mighty Atlantic.'
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple walk options available See itinerary below
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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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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