The name of Tintagel immediately conjures images of King Arthur and the legends associated with him. The blackened ruins of Tintagel Castle brood over the coast, but no-one can say for sure whether this was really the home of Uther Pendragon. The ruined Norman castle is much more recent than the times of the legend. On the headland are the earlier ruins of a Celtic Monastery. In the town itself, the Old Post Office is originally a fourteenth century building, recently restored. The best thing about Tintagel is probably the glorious coastal scenery. A few miles along the coast is Boscastle, once a favourite haunt of author, Thomas Hardy, and the setting for one of his novels, A Pair of Blue Eyes. It is a tiny port set in a narrow ravine and boasts some very attractive thatches and white-washed cottages.
The cove has a small sandy beach which is completely covered by the tide at high water and access to the beach is via a footpath over farmland and then by steep steps, a route which is not suitable for whellchairs or push chairs. From the beach see if you can spot Elephant Rock hidden in the cliff face.
At the right hand side of the cove there is a great cave to explore that is about 60 feet high at the entrance but only 15–20 feet wide. It opens up into a large cavern with two more caverns which become very dark. The cave continues after this point but the floor becomes rock and very uneven.
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