Circular walks in the Tintagel Area from Park Farm

All the walks below start and end at Park Farm - the distance is for the entire circular route. Click on the title of any walks you are interested in for a detailed directions, maps and some photos of things along the route. We've also indicated where there are geocaches nearby in case you fancy a spot of geocaching along the way. With an average level of fitness you should be fine with the moderately strenuous walks if you take your time on the steeper bits. For some shorter (0.5 - 2 mile) walks see our short walks page.

View of Trebarwith Strand from Penhallic Point
View from Penhallic Point

Via a lane to Treknow the route joins the coast path at Hole Beach and follows it past Penhallic Point to the ancient St Materiana Church. From the church the route continues on the coast path to Tintagel Castle. There are spectacular coastal views all the way. From the Castle the route (or if you prefer, the landrover service) climbs the Vale of Avalon into Tintagel. Rather than going through Tintagel, the route goes down past the vicarage through fields along the valley that runs next to Tintagel. The route then leaves Tintagel for Treven, cutting across the fields towards Trewarmett Downs and joining a lane which takes you back to Trewarmett. From the lane back there are panoramic views of Tintagel and St Materiana church.

6 miles; easy-moderate

Tintagel and Bossiney

Bossiney Haven at low tide
Bossiney Haven

The walk starts along a quiet lane with nice views that takes you through Trenale and along a footpath to Bossiney where Sir Francis Drake was elected a member of Parliament. The route descends to Bossiney Haven and then follows the Tintagel coastline past Willapark headland until it reaches Barras Nose - the first coastal land ever purchased by the National Trust. From here the route heads into Tintagel past the Castle Hotel and runs through the centre of Tintagel past the Old Post Office and King Arthur's Great Halls before returning to Trewarmett via some back lanes. With a tactical geocaching diversion, the route can take you past 10 geocaches.

3 - 3.5 miles; moderately strenuous

Trebarwith Strand circular walk

Trebarwith Strand at low tide
Trebarwith at low tide

The route starts with a gentle descent down a lane into Treknow followed by a footpath that leads to Trebarwith Strand. From Trebarwith Strand there is one fairly steep (but reasonably short) ascent on the coast path to the cliffs and then it's fairly flat all the way. The path across the cliffs has magnificent views of Denis Point, Trebarwith Strand, the coastal slate quarries (now colonised by birds and flowers) and Penhallic point. The walk back is through some pleasant fields and lanes.

2.5 miles; moderately strenuous

Trebarwith Valley circular walk

The stream at Jeffrey's Pit near Tintagel
Stream in the picnic area

This walk follows the stream up from Jeffrey's Pit through bluebell woods emerging at the top of Trebarwith Valley overlooking Trewarmett. The walk follows the ridge seawards and then drops down into valley with spectacular views back up to Trewarmett and down to the sea. The route continues right down to the valley floor past an old mill and then back up the other side of the valley through Trebarwith Valley Nature Reserve to the fields in Treknow from which there are more spectacular views across the valley in the other direction.

St Nectan's Glen near Tintagel
St Nectan's Glen

This starts out on the same lane as the walk above and then drops down into St Nectan's Glen before climbing the wooded valley alongside the river. From here it crosses some fields and joins a lane leading to Condolden Barrow - the highest point in the area with excellent views. Tracks and footpaths then lead back past the slate quarries of Trebarwith Valley and across Trewarmett Downs.

6.75 miles; moderately strenuous

Rocky Valley, Trevalga and Trethevy

Coastline near Trevalga between Tintagel and Boscastle
Coastline at Trevalga

This walk also starts along the lane through Trenale but this time goes to the very end. The route then descends through pretty woodland into Rocky Valley through slate canyons where it meets the sea. From here it climbs up onto the coast path towards Boscastle. Further along the coast it loops back into the pretty hamlet of Trevalga and across fields to Trethevy. From here it passes St Piran's Chapel and Well and descends into St Nectan's Glen, climbs out of the other side and along the lane back to Trewarmett. For avid geocachers this is another good one - there are up to 9 geocaches within reach of this route.

Denis Point at Trebarwith Strand
Denis Point

The route descends steeply to the valley floor from Trewarmett with excellent views and climbs the other side valley (also with excellent views) until it reaches Trebarwith Village. From here is a gentle descent through the fields to Backways Cove. From Backways there is a steep ascent of Denis Point followed by an even steeper descent to Trebarwith Strand. From here the route climbs back up Trebarwith Valley to Treknow and Trewarmett.

6.5 miles; "proper" strenuous

Tregardock and Backways Cove circular walk

Tregardock Beach at low tide
Tregardock beach at low tide

The route descends steeply to the valley floor from Trewarmett with excellent views and climbs the other side valley (also with excellent views). From here there is a long gentle descent through fields and farms to Tregardock Beach. From Tregardock the route joins the coast path over "The Mountain" before a steep descent to Backways Cove. From Backways there is a gentle ascent of the valley followed by gentle descent into Trebarwith valley with nice views up the valley, to the valley floor. The final stretch takes you back up the other side of the valley through Trebarwith Valley Nature Reserve to the fields in Treknow from which there are more spectacular views across the valley in the other direction.