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- (Summary) Cornwall’s north coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. West of Padstow, the coastal footpath overlooks wide sandy beaches that are popular with surfers. From Padstow, we take the ferry across the river Camel and follow the high and rugged coastal cliffs to the legendary coastal fortress of King Arthur at Tintagel. The tour ends at the tiny rock-girt harbour of Boscastle.
- (More detail) Cornwall’s north coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. Broad surfing beaches alternate with wave-battered cliffs. Our tour begins with 2 nights at Padstow, a small fishing port with a pretty harbour on the sandy shore of the Camel estuary. The intervening day provides an opportunity for a more or less leisurely hike along the magnificent succession of sandy bays and rocky headlands west of the town – including the imposing Revise Head. You can even spend part of the day (or all of it) just lazing on one of the nearby sandy beaches before indulging at one of Padstow’s celebrated selection of fish and seafood restaurants.
- Eastwards from Padstow, after a short ferry crossing over the estuary (tidal river mouth) of the River Camel, our route follows the coastal path – all of it a well-waymarked National Trail – past surfing beaches and an iron age ‘cliff castle’ to the old-world fishing village of Port Isaac, where one night is spent. Continuing along the roller-coastline past the cliff-top castle of the legendary King Arthur at Tintagel and the wonderful ‘Rocky Valley’ you reach Boscastle, celebrated for the spectacular narrow rock entrance to its tiny fishing harbour.
- With a full day at Boscastle, there is an opportunity to follow a peaceful footpath along the deep sheltered valley of the River Valency to the ancient church of St Juliot, where the future novelist Thomas Hardy was employed as an architect to restore the church. His novel ‘A Pair of Blue Eyes’ is based on his experiences when staying near Boscastle and working on the church. Alternatively, you can continue along the coast path and admire the amazing geological structures at Crackington Haven.
- The walking days on the T6 tour can be shortened or modified by using local buses. We provide bus timetable info and indicate on the maps the location of bus routes and bus stops.