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