A Longer Circular Walk to Hole Beach
The Avalon is the perfect place to base yourself if you’d like to explore the South West Coast Path around Tintagel. The South West Coast Path website is a great source of inspiration when it comes to deciding where to explore and what trails to follow.
If you’re feeling energetic, this circular Tintagel walk is about 3.5 miles and has a mixture of terrains and some fantastic views.
Hole Beach Circular Walk
With The Avalon Hotel behind you turn left and walk along the main road to join the footpath by the Headland Camping and Caravan Park. The footpath leads down a track, across a field and through a gate to meet the coast path above Gullastem. Take the coast path out towards Barras Nose and follow the sign to Tintagel Castle.
Tintagel Head was originally a Roman settlement and a Celtic fortress, but the majority of visual ruins are those of the 13th century castle built by Earl Richard. Geoffrey of Monmouth visioned the 12th century castle here as the home of Igraine: mother of the legendary King Arthur.
Cross the stream then follow the coast path sign to Glebe Cliff. Walk past the medieval church and Youth Hostel and continue to Penhallic Point.
The Coast Path passes the remains of several slate quarries which have left dramatic shapes in the landscape. Some of this slate was exported from a wharf situated below Penhallic Point. Have you noticed the beautiful stone walls? A lot of them are built using the ancient ‘cursyway’ style (herringbone).
Take a moment to stop here to take in the spectacular views before walking on to Hole Beach, which is just beyond the National Trust sign for Bagalow.
Can you identify the flowers?
Banks of yellow Gorse and other wildflowers such as Sea Pink, Toadflax and Sea Campion add beautiful spring and summer colour to your walk.
Here, pick up the path across the fields to Trevillick Farm and back into Tintagel village. Walk along Atlantic Road back to The Avalon for a refreshing beverage in our bar, you’ve earned it!