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Westward Ho! to Padstow South West Coast Path

Your Walking Holiday Route along the North Coast

Section 6. Tintagel to Port Isaac - Cornwall Coast Path

Distance 9 miles - Grade Moderate (2 miles) then all Severe Grade - what this grade means

Tintagel Castle on the Cornish Coast Path Walking Holiday from Westward Ho!

Today enter a more recent industrial past and its challenging walking again with over 7 steep cliff top rises and valley descents before Port Isaac. Pass the 80ft pinnacle at Lanterdan Quarry in an area where fearless men were suspended down the sheer cliff faces on ropes to collect slate.

At Donkeys hole you will see the end of the disused tunnel where the blindfolded beasts were used to bring up theslate from the almost impenetrable beach far below you.

In contrast idyllic Trebarwith Sands, possibly Cornwall's finest beach with its golden sands and rocky natural amphitheatre gives the only chance of refreshment on todays walk from the Port William Inn which clings to the cliffside above a couple of seasonal beach cafes.

Trebarwith Strand Beach North Cornwall Coast Path Walking HolidaysClimbing "The Mountain" in the afternoon, home to Peregrines, Buzzard and Kestrel you are now in remote prospector country which supported stream panning for Cornish silver and gold.

Finally reach Port Gaverne harbour with its old cob walled fish cellars which in its heyday was preserving and salting over 1.5 million fish a week. Just beyond, Port Isaac wedged into the cliffs with its charming whitewashed cottages is your reward for today's tough walking.

 Overnight stops at Port Isaac on the South West Coast Path

Tintagel Beach

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