south west coast path at tintagel cornwall

This scenic walk follows the South West Coast Path from Boscastle to the Tintagel. Spanning roughly 5.5 miles, the walk encompasses three beaches; Benoath Cove, Bossiney Haven and Tintagel Haven, as well as passing the slate quarries and a number of islets inhabited by colonies of sea birds.

Experience just a little bit of everything along this stunning Cornwall walk, from historic sites to glorious beaches and dramatic clifftops.

Explore this beautiful 5-mile stretch of the South West Coast Path running from the charming fishing port of Boscastle to the magical and ever-popular Tintagel.

Spot an abundance of wildlife, glorious sands, historic landmarks and much more along this marvellous Cornwall walk.


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Dog Friendly

  • Dog-friendly beaches year-round along the route include; Tintagel Haven and Bossiney Haven


  • Trail passes close to unfenced cliff edges


  • Head left from the car park, through the centre of Boscastle until you reach the signpost on the bridge. Turn right here and follow the path along the banks of the River Valency until you pass the Visitors’ Centre and reach another bridge.
  • After crossing the bridge, continue along the signposted tracked for the coastal trail to Willapark. You will reach a fork in the track, keep left along the stony path and follow this before bearing left and climbing a set of steps up and heading left along the headland.
  • Carry on following the mesmerising coastal path, which includes having to cross a number of gates, stiles and streams and passing many sites of history and natural beauty.
  • After hiking across Firebeacon Hill, Trevalga Cliff and more stunning spots, begin the steep climb up Rocky Valley and simply admire the unrivalled views of the landscapes below.
  • After a scenic stop-off and returning to the coastal path, discover Benoath Cove below and Willapark slightly inland. You will soon reach a gully, head down the steps where you can choose from a number of way-marked paths each as picturesque as the other.
  • After choosing your preferred alternative, take a sharp left up onto the Willapark headland, where you continue through the kissing gate and stay right to carry on along the coastal path.
  • You will find yourself on Smith’s Cliff, noted for its geology. Head past Barras Gug and Barras Nose, both certainly worth a detour before the final leg of this coastal walk in Cornwall.
  • Find the paths heading towards Glebe Cliff, head down a small set of steps and follow the final path towards the magical structure that is Tintagel Castle.


Tintagel WEATHER
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