Bossiney Hamlet, Bossiney Cove and Benoath Cove in North Cornwall.

Bossiney Cove and Benoath Cove become one at low tide.

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   Bossiney Cove and Benoath Cove are located in a sheltered haven below the stunning cliffs of Bossiney, a small hamlet on the outskirts of Tintagel. Bossiney is easily found as you leave Tintagel for Boscastle. Bossiney is situated on one of the most romantic stretches of a truly awe inspiring coastline, much of which is now preserved by the National Trust.

Bossiney Headland

 Bossiney beach and Benoath cove are often overlooked by the tourist as they pass from Tintagel to Boscastle. But if you park in the small lay-by at the top of Bossiney hill, and walk down past the hideous mobile phone mast, you will see some stunning coastline. Bossiney beach is a small cove that has little access at high tide, equally Benoath is the same, but as the tide goes out it reveals a long stretch of golden sand.

It is a very easy descent to Bossiney beach, whereas the path down to Benoath is a bit steep.

All I can say is keep an eye on the tide and you will have a lovely time here. Bossiney was the parliamentary seat of  Sir Francis Drake, whom  in 1584 gave his election speech from Bossiney mound. Legend has it that “The Round Table" of King Arthur and the Knights” is buried under the mound. 

Bossiney Mound can be found near the Chapel at Jill pool, on the side road out of Bossiney, signposted Launceston, wherein lies the legendary round table. The myth is that the round table will rise up from the mound on a midsummer's night when King Arthur and his knights are due to return.

 View North from Bossiney 

If you are not a beach lover and if you have the energy, you can walk northwards along the headland, past Willapark, towards the mouth of the rocky valley and then cut inland by following the paths up along the stream, that criss-cross, via little wooden bridges, up through the magnificent Rocky valley.

Elephant Rock is in the foreground and Lye Rock in the background           A view inland at the mouth of Rocky Valley

Keep going and you will come to some old ruins and if you look carefully you will find an old maze carved in to the rock. Continue onwards and you will come out at the mill that nestles at the foot of Bossiney hill and from here you can walk up the hill to your right and return to your starting point, all in all about a mile and a half in length. Opposite here is a small road that curves up and around to the left and wends its way up to Halgabron. The stream that runs down all the way through Rocky valley starts in the hills above St Nectan's Glen at Trevillet and wends its way down over St Knighton's Kieve . St Knighton's Kieve is said to be the place were men became Knights by passing through the lower circle to be reborn again cleansed in the pool below. The Hermitage can be found here and also the Rocky Valley Waterfall, wherein lies the Kieve, which is on private land, so I am afraid you will have to pay to see it.

Image courtesy of Peter Pedley

Bossiney used to have 2 members of parliament back in older days, and is mentioned in the dooms day book. Unfortunately quite a bit of this headland has been gnawed by the Atlantic ocean and has a consequence Bossiney lost a lot of its former self to the sea. You can still see a large wall traversing the headland, that was the boundary wall of a property that lays in the waters below. If you take the coast path south you will walk out over the golf links and around to Barras Head and King Arthur's Castle. Again some stunning views are to be had. Turn inland at the castle and follow the vale of Avalon upwards and you will be in the heart of Tintagel. According to local sources, there used to be a prison on the headland here, which was used for holding the French soldiers that where captured during the Napoleonic wars, and you can still see the remains of the lower wall structure today.

 Bossiney Beach...Pics courtesy of Bossiney House Hotel     Looking back to Bossiney from the carpark.     Bossiney Beach with Elephant rock in the foreground....Pics courtesy of Bossiney House Hotel     

A car park, public conveniences and payphone are located here.

There are plenty of different types of accommodation available to the holiday maker in this area.

Tintagel Carnival is now an annual event occurring throughout the last week of July and the first week of August.

For up to date info and what's on elsewhere in the area visit Events in North Cornwall .

The small hamlet of Bossiney is just a few minutes walk from Tintagel and has a varied and interesting history all of its own. The spectacular North Cornwall coastline and beautiful Bossiney Cove invite locals and visitors alike to enjoy the natural splendour of the area. Set in the centre of this hamlet, Bossiney House Hotel offers a great setting off point for exploring a unique mix of scenery and history.
With room outlooks onto the coast or extensive countryside views, Bossiney House Hotel’s 20 rooms and fine dining restaurant are complimented by a cosy, well stocked bar which make for a great place for a holiday break as well as a popular venue for weddings and other functions.
The restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients, finely cooked. Sunday Carvery is highly regarded and tasty a la carte and daily specials are available through the week. Thrifty Thursday serves specials at attractive prices or as an affordable complete meal. High teas, cream teas or just a beer in the extensive gardens make this an excellent stopping point when enjoying the beautiful Tintagel and Boscastle region.

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Please take care along our shore, and you will leave here wanting more.

 But if the warnings you ignore, then you may get more than you bargained for.

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