Staying at Trewethett Farm Caravan Club Site you have a choice to leave the car and take the coastal path either to Tintagel or Boscastle, Turning left to Tintagel you leave the site and descend into Rocky Valley, at the bottom a mill stream cuts through the valley exiting into the sea, when the tide is in the waves crash against the descending water to provide a fine spectacle.
The route to Tintagel is only about a 1 ½ mile as the crow files, however the path has some step assents and descents you should allow a good couple of hours before you encounter you first glimpse Tintagel Castle. Along the way however are splendid views which invite you to stop and take time to smell the coffee.
Tintagel Castle is operated by English Heritage and have there is a conveniently located Café where you can stop to obtain a drink and piece of Cake before visiting the castle or facing a steep up the hill climb up to the town (perhaps the steepest part of the coastal walk)
Tintagel has some small shops, pubs and the ever-present bakery for the obligatory Cornish Pasty. From the town, you can catch a bus back to the site, or as we did walk through the town and regain the coastal path further up the road just past the Bossiney House Hotel.
Taking the opposite route from the site you walk up the camping field a Trewethett to gain the coastal path to Boscastle, at this time of year the wild flowers are in full bloom, the sweet scent of golden gorse, carpets of ultramarine bluebells, and the stark white of the blackthorn make the cliffs a riot of colour, and a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees in spring.
However, you need to keep your eyes peeled as we almost stepped on an adder sunning itself on the coastal path. These snakes are generally very placid and retiring creatures, however Adder bites can be fatal especially for dogs as they may take the snake by surprise, so ideally keep your dog on a lead to be safe.
The route to Boscastle is marked by the castellated white coastguard tower perched on the end of the distant headland, this marks your destination. Passing the Lady’s window along the way, it is worth a brief stop to admire the views and take a rest on the conveniently place bench.
After a couple of step climbs and descents you will come to a gate leading to the white tower built in the early 1800’s as a summer house by the local landowner Thomas Rickard Avery, later used as a lookout for smugglers and now a coast guard station manned by volunteers. You now have a choice, either take the short climb up to the tower or descend the path to Boscastle, for us the calling of coffee and another piece of cake won the day.
You may remember Boscastle was hit by a tremendous flood in 2004, where 75 cars, 5 caravans, 6 buildings were swept out to sea. There a few shops, cafes, and drinking establishments sampled the National Trust tea room,
Buses run from Boscastle to Tintagel so if you don’t fancy the walk back you catch the bus. A Walk both ways takes around 5 hours round trip well worth the effort and it seemed easier going back. Once back at the caravan you can sit back with a glass of wine some nibbles, and enjoy the sunset.