Boscastle to Tintagel coastal walk

Boscastle to Tintagel (via bus)

A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, along the dramatic coastline of islands and arches from Boscastle to Tintagel, rated as one of the top five walks in Cornwall.

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Starting with a bus journey to Boscastle, this walk follows the coast path from Boscastle Harbour over Forrabury Common, past the clifftop lookout and cliff-edge slate quarries to Trevalga. The route continues past a number of offshore islets with seabird colonies, and then descends into Rocky Valley. From here, it passes the golden sandy beaches of Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven, and climbs the headland of Willapark where the remains of an Iron Age settlement lie beneath the gorse, before rounding Barras Nose to reach the remains of Tintagel's mediaeval castle.


  • Historic fishing village and harbour at Boscastle
  • Panoramic coastal views from the two Willapark headlands
  • Spectacular coastline and seabird colonies around Trevalga
  • Secluded sandy beaches at Benoath Cove and Bossiney Haven
  • Tintagel Castle and the legend of King Arthur
  • Sheltered cove of Tintagel Haven in the Vale of Avalon and legendary Merlin's Cave
  • Panoramic views over Tintagel Castle and the Tintagel coastline from Barras Nose
  • Cream teas and quirky mystic shops in Tintagel


  • Route includes paths close to unfenced cliff edges.

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Vital statistics

  • OS Explorer: 111
  • Distance: 5.5 miles/8.7 km
  • Steepness grade: Moderate
  • Bus: 95 from Tintagel Visitors' Centre to Boscastle.
  • Recommended footwear: walking boots
  • Pub: ✓
  • Café: ✓

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Pubs on or near the route

  • The Cornishman
  • The King Arthurs Arms
  • The Napoleon Inn
  • The Wellington Hotel
  • Wootons Inn
  • Ye Olde Malthouse

either as a GPS-guided walk with our app (£3.29) or a PDF of directions (£2.79) Example of directions

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