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St. Nectan's Glen, Tintagel

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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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  • Was well prepared with suitable wet weather foot weather which is really advisable this time of the year as the track is particularly boggy in places. The walk down is well worth the mile or so from t...  more »
  • pretty waterfall and surrounds... st pirians well is also nearby a lot of people throwing crystals in the falls and making wishes  more »
  • We visited st nectans Glen as we love waterfalls. Upon arrival we were not sure if we were in right place. But do not give up, follow the arrows and you are lead on an enchanted forest walk. This was ...  more »
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  • Not very well known but worth a visit if you like woodlands and streams. A beautiful waterfall ends your walk through a delightful woodland path with fairy like structures in the stream.
  • It's the waterfall that makes the mile long walk from the car park worth it. It also has a decent café with friendly staff. Borrow a pair of wellies to view the Falls up close. However, anybody with mobility problems will have trouble getting around.
  • Beautiful waterfall and great walk through the forest to it. Bring your wellies!
  • St Nectan's waterfall is where we went and was well worth the 1 mile walk from the car park. Really nice cafe at the top, with really friendly people running it. A lot more to see and do than you think..... Plus they lend you wellies!
  • A long walk to get here but such a beautiful, unspoilt place