Walk - Tintagel to Port Isaac

9.1 miles (14.6 km)

Tintagel Port Isaac

Challenging - Severe

The relatively easy walk out of Tintagel allows you to enjoy some of the spectacular views from this section of the North Cornwall coast before commencing a particularly challenging walk to Port Isaac. The path between Trebarwith Strand and Port Isaac is especially long and difficult, with some steep descents into valleys and tough climbs up to the cliff tops again, especially beyond Bounds Cliff.

Historically this area was significant for fishing and fish processing as well as slate extraction and there are remnants of these trades to be seen on the Coast Path. This stretch is designated both Heritage Coast status and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it is worth persevering along the harder stretches.

Port Isaac is a real reward at the end of this strenuous walk, with its beautiful alleyways, many listed buildings and harbourside cafes and pubs. You may well recognise Port Isaac from the TV series Doc Martin, as it is the village he lives in (renamed as Portwenn in the series).

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Cornish Traditional Cottages

Cornish Traditional Cottages offer self-catering holiday lets throughout Cornwall. Find your perfect base for exploring the Cornish coast.

Trewetha Cottage B&B

Stunning location, Cornish cottage B&B furnished to a high standard. Single night stays.Pick up/drop to the Path.

The Slipway

The Slipway, overlooking the sea front is a licensed terraced cafe and a Bed & Breakfast with 7 en-suite double bedrooms in the centre of Port Isaac.

Beaver Cottages

2 dog friendly self catering cottages (sleeping up to 4 and 6) with enclosed gardens, close to SWCP, Tintagel and Trebarwith Strand beach. 0.25 miles from Coast Path. WiFi and car parking available. Also offering one night stays for walkers.

Wigwam Holidays ® Great Tregath

A perfect complement of outdoor living and luxurious ensuite insulated wooden cabins. Transport service from any accessible point within range

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Highlights

  • Tintagel Church of St Materiana’s with its Norman font and windows and a Roman milestone situated in the south transept.
  • Standing on Glebe Cliff: thought to be the site of a royal cemetery which served the dynasty of Tintagel headland.
  • Stunning Trebarwith Sands.
  • Climbing from sea level to the top of Dennis Point (300ft, 90m), taking in the views and preparing to climb back down to sea level again on the other side!
  • The remains of slate quarry buildings and donkey tracks around Backway’s Cove, now a haven for butterflies and coastal flowers.
  • Birdwatching on Bounds Cliff (420ft). This is a good place to spot peregrines and nesting guillemots and kittewakes in the summer.
  • The cob walled fishing cellars of Port Gaverne, which once handled 1.5 million fish a week.
  • Exploring the beautiful fishing village of Port Isaac, with its network of alleyways, including one especially narrow one called ‘Squeeze-ee-belly’. This unspoilt village has frequently been used as a TV and film set and can be seen in Doc Martin, Poldark and Saving Grace.

Shorter option

You could stop in Port Gaverne, just before Port Isaac (8.3 miles, 13.4 km).

Longer option

Once past Port Isaac there is very little accommodation close to the Path until you reach Polzeath (8.9 miles, 14.3 km) further on.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Bodmin parkway. From here you can catch a bus to Wadebridge, where you change for buses onto Port Isaac and Tintagel - the bus journey will take about 2 hours. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Tintagel (Postcode for Sat Navs: PL34 0DB), inland from Trebarwith Strand, Port Gaverne and Port Isaac.

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