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Stage 12: Crackington Haven to Tintagel – South West Coast Path

11.6 mi
2.1 mph
1,600 ft
1,500 ft
Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
2.50 mi

High Cliff

Hiking Highlight

6.80 mi

Boscastle Harbour

Hiking Highlight

9.89 mi

Bossiney Cove

Hiking Highlight

11.2 mi

Tintagel Castle

Hiking Highlight

11.4 mi

Merlin's Cave

Hiking Highlight

11.6 mi

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June 19, 2019


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    History, legend, abundant wildlife, breathtaking scenery and classic cliff-top hiking combine to make this a truly memorable stage of the South West Coast Path.

    Taking you to the highest point along the Cornish section of the trail, High Cliff, to the serene Boscastle Harbor, the hidden coastal cove at Bossiney, and finishing with the impressive sights of Tintagel Castle and Merlin’s Cave—this really is a hike to cherish.

    The trail can be very challenging in places; rocky and steep and with severe drops in some places. Along this section it is important to stick to the footpath as the crumbling cliffs can be dangerous and the drop into the Atlantic is lethal.

    If you enjoy wildlife, then this section is a winner. Look out for birds such as falcons, buzzards, kestrels, guillemots, and razorbills. Seal spotting is also possible and feral goats can often be found clinging precariously to the cliffs.

    Countless Roman artifacts have been found along this section of trail and the legends of King Arthur give the area a rich folklore heritage.

    This stage finishes in the village of Tintagel, which has a good range of accommodation and places to eat and drink, as well as shops and other attractions.

    • June 20, 2019