Walks visiting Backways Cove

The beach at Backways Cove, Cornwall

Backways Cove is a small rocky inlet and beach at the bottom the the valley below Trebarwith Village, just south of Trebarwith Strand. The location features in "The International Directory of Haunted Places":

"Backways Cove, a North Cornwall inlet just up the coast from Trebarwith Strand, is still haunted by many unidentified presences who are thought to be the spirits of shipwrecked sailors whose bodies washed up there after they drowned. Numerous ships were torn apart on the jagged rocks offshore, and the shadowy spirits of their crew are still trying to make it to shore."
  • 2.2 miles/3.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Trebarwith Strand to Backways Cove

    Trebarwith Strand to Backways Cove

    2.2 miles/3.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A short circular walk from the long, sandy beach of Trebarwith Strand to the rugged rocky cove at Backways in which sea foam tornadoes form in windy weather, and returning over the massive headland of Dennis Point with panoramic views of Port Isaac Bay.

  • 4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Trebarwith Valley to Backways Cove

    Trebarwith Valley to Backways Cove

    4 miles/6.4 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk in Trebarwith Valley to beaches and the coastal slate quarries of Backways Cove and Trebarwith Strand, and Dennis Point, overlooking the bay and point opposite where the ships moored to be loaded with roofing slates which were also brought down the valley on a road covered with beach sand to stop the horses being flattened by runaway carts.

  • 5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    Trewarmett to Tregardock

    Trewarmett to Tregardock

    5.9 miles/9.5 km - Moderate-strenuous

    A circular walk to the remote sandy beach at Tregardock, returning along the coast path with panoramic views of Port Isaac Bay, through the wildflowers of Treligga Downs and via Backways Cove.

  • 9.7 miles/15.6 km - Strenuous

    Port Isaac to Tintagel

    Port Isaac to Tintagel

    9.7 miles/15.6 km - Strenuous

    A one-way walk from Port Isaac to Tintagel along towering cliffs, past the long, sandy beaches of Tregardock and Trebarwith, the slate pinnacles of the coastal quarries and via the mediaeval cliff-top church to the castle of Arthurian legend.

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