Tintagel King Arthur Walk

Tintagel King Arthur Walk – South West Coast Path

Tintagel King Arthur Walk – South West Coast Path is located in Tintagel. This walk begins in the beautiful village of Port Isaac and heads north east along the coast to Tintagel, legendary birth place of King Arthur and home to a spectacular castle. The walk takes in some fairly remote and rocky parts of the coast and also passes two sandy beaches, at Tregardock and Trebarwith Strand, although at high tide both beaches are covered.

Although every part of the UK seems to lay claim to some part of King Arthur’s life, it was here in Tintagel Castle, almost every source agrees, that he was conceived. The then King of England, Uther Pendragon, apparently became besotted with Igraine (wife of the Duke of Tintagel) and persuaded the wizard Merlin to disguise him as her husband.

A couple of hours after her husband had been killed elsewhere, Igraine was tricked into sleeping with Pendragon; when she learned the truth the following morning she agreed to marry the King. The story of Arthur, with all its fascinating characters (Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad and, of course, Arthur himself), starts here.