Tintagel Bridge © English Heritage
In mystical Tintagel, you will find the beach down many steps from the Castle. Also known as Merlin’s Cove, this small beach is quite a find.
With sand and pebble, Tintagel Haven is more of an exploring than a sunbathing beach. There is a steep stepped hill to access the beach, but it is a marvellous place for a quick paddle or for rock pooling, and not usually crowded. There is also a waterfall from the cliffs above, while the sea water itself is clear and blue.
Access is not the easiest, so if you have mobility issues or you have lots of beach kit, there are others which would probably suit you better. However, if you are intrepid explorers and don’t mind lots of steps, it is a wondrous place to visit. You may spot the occasional grey seal in these waters by way of reward for your efforts.
By the way, you do not need to go in the Castle to reach the beach. Alternatively, cross the little bridge over the stream and go for a walk; the cliffs, with spectacular views, are often inhabited by small pretty ponies.
At high tide, the beach is covered. At low tide, there are rock pools. It is also good for snorkelling. A highlight is Merlin’s cave, visible at low tide, effectively a tunnel running underneath the Castle; it is 300ft long and you can come out the other side. Historically, slate was brought to this beach from the local quarries by hard-working donkeys, where it was loaded onto ships.
Sit back and imagine the past as you embrace the present.