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Tintagel in General
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Tintagel in General
Date: 14/02/01, updated on 14/02/01 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful, full of legends, sea, fresh air, cornish hospitality
Disadvantages: May seem a strange place - but give it time, it grows on you
I know Cornwall, especially around the Tintagel area, very well. Tintagel for those who are not up to speed is connected with the legends of King Arthur and for me the place holds a certain mystique.
There are plenty of Bed & Breakfasts, hotels, caravan sites and self-catering places in town and on the outskirts. There are also a selection of shops - some selling the usual tatt - but places like Dragons Breath are well worth a visit. There plenty of surfing outlets too local to Tintagel! The King Arthur pub opposite has a bar called The Excalli-Bar - which is tackiness all over!!!
If you are ok with caravans then at the end of the high street there is the Atlantic Caravan Park which has static caravans of ample size - including shower, two bed rooms and a huge lounge area - 1 minutes walk from town and all amenities.
There was (at the last visit) still no cash point. The nearest cash point is in Camelford, Natwest and Barclays - possibly a Link one as well. Camelford is about 2 or 3 miles away.
During the first weekend in August there is a mock Arthurian battle on the near by fields for all folks to see and enjoy. Great fun and you meet plenty of interesting people and it is cheap to go in.
The best bits for me, having spent a lot of time there, is the castle and the cove. The journey to and from the cove and castle can be made via Land Rover for a small fee as the walk to and from the cove is quite steep.
The cove has a huge cave which runs beneath the castle. At very low tide you can walk right through. The cave is supposedly haunted by a woman. Her ring is rumoured to be hidden in the cave and will one day be found!
The beaches are accessible locally by foot and are not suitable for wheel chair users which is a shame. However - further along the coast there are beaches that are fully accessible. Not far away there is Padstow, Camelford and Bude. Rough Tor can be climbed which is an ancient sacrificial
hill and The Stanions Stone Circle is also accessible. Try lying in the centre of the circle on a hot summers day with only larks for company :)
For me - Tintagel is everything that Glastonbury wasn't. On my first visit I didn't like the place and if it has that effect on then think on...I have been back many times and have made many friends there. Each time I return it feels in some respects like I am coming home.
Try it and find out for yourself - go just out of season when the tourists have gone - it will allow a much more peaceful and enjoyable experience... :)