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St. Nectan's Glen, Tintagel

Categories: Valleys, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Saint Nectan's Glen is an area of woodland in Trethevy near Tintagel, north Cornwall stretching for around one mile along both banks of the Trevillet River. The glen's most prominent feature is St Nectan's Kieve, a spectacular sixty foot waterfall through a hole in the rocks. The site attracts tourists who believe it to be "one of the UK's most spiritual sites," and tie or place ribbons, crystals, photographs, small piles of flat stones and other materials near the waterfall.History and buildingsIt is believed locally that, in the sixth century, Saint Nectan had a hermitage above the waterfall, and rang a silver bell to warn ships of the dangers of offshore rocks at the mouth of the Rocky Valley during storms. However, one source suggests that in 1799 the site was known as Nathan's Cave, named after a local character, either Nathan Williams or Nathan Cock. There is a late nineteenth or early twentieth century half-timbered private residence known as The Hermitage, supposedly constructed on the remains of a Celtic chapel. Further downstream are the brick remains of St Gerwyn, a house which was destroyed in a fire in the mid-twentieth century.Flora and faunaAs a result of the glen's flora and fauna it was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1985. The damp shade provided by the glen supports a rich bryophyte flora, including two rare liverworts Jubula hutchinsiae and Trichocolea tomentella, and the mosses Fissidens curnovii and Fissidens osmundoides. Dippers also nest in the rocks near Saint Nectan's Kieve.
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  • This is maybe one of the most magical places that I have ever visited. Its approx a mile walk to the Glen itself but worth every step, in places its a bit hard going but when you get to the waterfalls...  read more »
  • This is a truly magical place and really a must see if you are in the area. This was probably one of the best days I had during my recent trip to North Cornwall. There's a bit of a walk from the car p...  read more »
  • Found this attraction by chance, details are available through Google. Car park is quite small, walk to falls is about 1 mile, steep steps in places, and when we went quite muddy in parts. You need se...  read more »
  • We anticipated a steady walk along a stream up a valley, as described on the leaflet, in truth it was a long trek and scramble up very steep steps and slippery paths. For 3 disabled people it was too tough. The beautiful romantically inspired leaflet gave NO hint as to how tough the steep steps were. Anyway, we made it up the beautiful valley to find a nice little tea room that offered exorbitantly priced sandwiches and tinned soup. £40 for 2 sandwiches 1 soup, 3 teas and 3 pieces of cake! The gift shop had pleasant atmospheric music playing but the gifts were the usual mass produced foreign made fairy statues etc. Needless to say we didn't pay the extra £15 for the very steep steps down to the waterfalls. There is no way for a car to reach walkers at the cafe, so we had no choice but to struggle back. We thought these points about the roughness and steepness of the walk should be made clearer on the leaflet. It did spoil the day (and the price of the lunch).
  • What a beautiful place. We visited here last lovely sunny Friday. There was a bit of a trek up and down steps and tracks in a lovely wooded area. Then we came to little cafe and shop which sold lovely fairies and everything, you could have spent pounds in there. We paid and was told to go down the stairs and was asked if we wanted wellies, well you basically go down to the bottom via steps of the slopes that you just walked up but another way, to a lovely stream at the bottom with stone stacks in. But as you take your shoes off to go round the corner nothing prepares you for the amazing sight you see, it is truly amazing and as you look around you are overwhelmed by the ribbons and keepsakes put on the rocks or hung on the trees to remember loved ones. We made a few stone stacks to remember our loved ones gone before. There are also trees with money bashed in them, once again to remember loved ones. You could spend hours down there. When you come up there is a lovely Meditation Room with keepsakes in. It was an amazing experience and as the booklet says you will get an an overwhelming sense of peace and love and you will never be the same
  • i have been up to the waterfall a few years ago as far as I can remember it didn't cost us anything, so how can they justify £4-50 per adult I think its disgusting as it is such a magical place and a natural beauty,how can they get away with it?
  • Nice walk and waterfall. I don't buy the fairy stuff but nice to visit anyway. Happy to pay a little too keep the place well maintained.
  • Too good.
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