Day out // St Nectans Glen

During our recent holiday to Polzeath we mostly spent time with Dunc’s family relaxing at the house we were renting which was right on the beach. This even included venturing into the sea and may also have featured many ice creams. However we did have a couple of days out as a trio. Our first venture was off to Tintagel, not to see the castle, but to see some waterfalls instead…

St Nectans Glen felt like a bit of a hidden gem. It is tucked away just on the East of Tintagel and is a good 15 min walk from the car park, until you actually reach the start of the proper walk.

The walk along the stream to the waterfalls is probably a good 20 minutes or so at a brisk pace. It is quite a slippery path with muddy sections. I was wearing my good old birkenstocks and Dunc his trainers, yet everyone we saw was in walking boots! So think about your footwear. We got away with it, just…!

Once we got to the actual waterfall there was a cafe, gift shop and the chance to buy tickets to actually see the falls. We had a quick pit stop which gave us a chance to re-fuel and feed Wilf.

Then we paid Β£5 each to take the new 10 minute walkway to the base of the waterfall. This walk included another smaller waterfall (above) and a look at all of the gifts that visitors have left for the falls, such as stones and ribbons. The other ticket option was Β£4 each which literally gave you a set of steps down to the falls.

After finishing the new walk we reached the bottom of the falls and okay it’s not Niagra, but it’s pretty beautiful. It’s a 60ft drop and being able to wade through the water felt pretty special. In fact if you take the Β£5 option you have to cross the water so be prepared (they do rent out wellies!).

We waded around in the cool water for a while, walking around the area which felt quite tranquil. Lots of the people there just stayed on dry land.

And that was it. A really lovely morning out, topped off by a walk around the streets of Tintagel to grab lunch at King Arthur’s cafe where I had a delicious burger (sold out of fish and chips!!!). Well worth a visit, we may have even picked up some cakes for later.

Thanks for reading, please let me know any of your recomendations for days out in Cornwall!

T

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