In a Nutshell
Tintagel is a small village that feeds off the popularity of Tintagel Castle, a spectacular ruin on the rugged North Cornwall coastline. The castle, with its walks, cliff spanning bridges and scenery is worth the visit alone, and you can take in the gift shops and a cream tea after a good walk.
Parking and Pooping
Tintagel is on the North Cornwall coast, west of the A39. There are two large car parks off Fore St, the most easterly of which having some small grass verges for pup. If you want to park closer to the castle, then carry on along Fore St to its western end and you'll see a smaller pay and display that borders Castle Road. If you're walking straight the castle, Castle Road is surrounded by grassland.
The path down to the Castle is largely traffic free save the for Land Rover shuttle running people back and forth. The path is rough stone and gravel but bordered by grass and we found it easier on pups paws to walk on the grass verges. There is also a stream that runs along the side of the path that is useful for a cooling drink or a paddle.
There numerous paths around the castle and coastline, but be prepared as some are quite steep and close to the cliff edge, but you can choose your path to suit. Around the castle itself are a number of steps, a footbridge and some steep paths and steps, so you'll give pup a good work out.
In the village, the pavements are adequate to keep pup away from the traffic through Fore St.
Keeping the Humans Amused
The Castle, run and maintained by English Heritage is the main draw and worth a good hour or two to fully appreciate. You can walk down to the visitor centre and cafe without charge and around the headland and up the first set of steps in the cliff face before having to pay, so you can get a feel for the terrain.
In the village, the shops are more of a tourist exploitation of the castle, but there are some curios to browse through.
There a couple of tea rooms with pavement seating on Fore St and the cafe at the visitor centre by the castle, all serving the inevitable cream tea and cakes selection as well as hot snacks. You're also welcome to take picnics down to beach or surrounding areas of the castle.
Pub wise, the Cornishman Inn, King Arthurs Arms and Wootons Country House Hotel, all on Fore St, are dog friendly and offer a good range of food and drink.
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