Spotlight on Tintagel - magical birthplace of King Arthur - source of legends, and a £5m project
Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Since the 19th century visitors have flocked to this northern corner of Cornwall. Tintagel still receives international renown, and is one of the most-visited places in Britain, just 22 miles or 30 mins from Primrose Cottage B&B.
The latest major project which draws people is the new pedestrian bridge – Come on! Walk across, it has got to be done!
Pedestrian bridge looking down at the old steps
Credit: Marcia Barbosa, Guest
Tintagel (Trevena in Cornish - means village on a mountain) is famous for the legends of King Arthur.
The new bridge replaces 148 steep, winding and barely wide enough steps to the castle.
The crossing that vanished in the 15th or 16th century is replaced with an amazing cantilevered footbridge made of steel, local Cornish slate and oak.
There are a wealth of photography opportunities here!
9th August 2019 marked the opening of this major £5m project – which spans the 190ft gorge that separates the two halves of the castle to replicate the path that ancient Britons would have taken.
Tintagel lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Mention of Tintagel was first made in written records in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain 1437 who named it as the place where King Arthur was magically conceived by Uther Pendragon.
Evidence suggests that the rugged windswept headland was home to a settlement as far back as the 5th to the 7th century AD. Fragments of Mediterranean pottery left behind by those who lived here have been unearthed and dated.
What about the town you ask?
The 2011 census records a population of less than 4000.
Tintagel has a notable landmark hotel - the Camelot Castle which was opened in 1899, it was originally intended as the terminus hotel for a planned branch railway line from Camelford that was never built. It is an obvious milestone along the coastal path.
The exterior of the Camelot Castle Hotel was used to portray Dr Seward's asylum in the 1979 film Dracula.
Don’t miss wandering the coast around Tintagel as it is very special –
The turquoise green water is caused by the slate/sand which contains elements of copper: strong sunlight turns the water a light turquoise green colour in warm weather.
St Nectan's waterfall is in a wooded valley a short walk away. It’s been named Britain’s third “happiest view”. An area of woodland stretching for around a mile along both banks of the Trevillet River, boasting three waterfalls and a beautiful woodland walk.
Trebarwith Strand - half an hour's walk south of Tintagel, is one of Cornwall's finer beaches, boasting clear seas, golden sands, and superb surf.
There is as a cave known as Merlin's Cave under the castle.
So much history, sights to see, air to breath, wanders to take – Tintagel has it all!
References: English Heritage, Wikipedia, Daily Telegraph, Cornwall Live