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Explore Tintagel coast

View of Barras Nose, Smith's Cliff and Willapark at Tintagel in Cornwall
View of Barras Nose, Smith's Cliff and Willapark at Tintagel | © National Trust Images/Steve Haywood

The National Trust cares for much of the rugged coast around Tintagel. Footpaths criss-cross the landscape, an area steeped in history and folklore, and there is an abundance of nature to look out for.

For good access to the coast use Tintagel village as a base, but you can also park at Boscastle or Trebarwith Strand and walk along the coast path – watch out for some strenuous sections though.
Here are some of the highlights to discover.

Barras Nose

Barras Nose headland was the first English coastal acquisition by the National Trust in 1897. Sitting just north of Tintagel Island and King Arthur’s Castle (English Heritage), the shovel-shaped promontory is divided from the mainland by a rocky slope that runs almost continuously across the neck. Views extend not only across to the Castle to the south, but north towards Willapark and The Sisters.

Fields at Smiths Cliff towards the headland of Barras Nose, Tintagel in Cornwall
Fields at Smith's Cliff, Tintagel | © National Trust Images/Steve Haywood

Smith’s Cliff

Just along the coast from Barras Nose you’ll find Smith’s Cliff. Once a golf course in the 1950s, this 22.6-hectare (55-acre) piece of land was acquired in 2023 and puts in place a vital piece for the Trust’s coastal conservation efforts in the area; joining up several sections of land we look after to create a continuous stretch of coastal land reaching from Barras Nose all the way to Bossiney.

Knitting together these sections of land creates a 2.7-mile coastal corridor that connects and encourages the spread of wildlife within a naturally and culturally significant landscape.

Trebarwith Strand

The coast stretching south from Tintagel, towards Trebarwith Strand, is fascinating to explore. The area was heavily quarried for slate going back over 500 years, and the remains of the many quarries such as Lanterdan can still be seen from the coast path.

A fulmar, a white sea bird with dark wings, flies above the sea
Fulmars can be spotted from the cliffs at Tintagel | © National Trust Images/Nick Upton


There is plenty of nature to look out for. Species such as the small copper butterfly, maritime plants like rock sea lavender and golden samphire, a range of birds including linnet, skylark and fulmar, and even the nationally-rare black headed mining bee can be spotted.


The area is also rich in history with many known archaeological sites. Occupation by humans here likely dates back to the Mesolithic age (9600–4000 BC). On Barras Nose, a Bronze Age barrow can be found, and related archaeology may well extend onto Smith’s Cliff. Numerous features, recorded through aerial mapping, show a pattern of medieval land use and enclosures known as strip fields. This ancient agricultural system may have had similarities to the Forrabury Stitches, one of the UK’s best-preserved examples of such strip fields, which the Trust care’s for at nearby Boscastle.

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Barras Nose headland with views of Tintagel Island and Castle ruins

Tintagel walk 

This invigorating clifftop walk, around what was the National Trust's first English coastal acquisition, offers impressive views of Tintagel Castle and the surrounding coastline.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
Stony woodland path running through steep-sided valley beside rushing river

Rocky Valley walk 

Follow this gentle trail down through rocky bluffs to Bossiney Bay, close to Boscastle, Cornwall.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)
A visitor carrying a backpack and walking along a footpath at Divis and the Black Mountain with stone walls either side, the countryside visible in the background.

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