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Tintagel and the Island
Tintagel is famous for its association with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
The town contains numerous references to Arthurian legend including the castle which is believed to have been his stronghold and a fine collection of stained glass windows depicting scenes of the Knights.
The cliffs and coastal scenery are magnificent and it is easy to imagine Arthur and his Knights in such a rugged and powerful setting. A great cave associated with the wizard Merlin can be viewed from the coastal footpath and the whole area is well worth visiting and exploring.
Two holy wells can be seen in Tintagel, one located at Trethevy and the other on The Island.
Trethevy Well is opposite the church of St Perran. It is roofed and has been restored using parts of its old masonry.
The Holy Well of St Julitta stands on the Island amid the remains of the Chapel of St Julitta and the Celtic monastery. Three wells lie in close proximity to the Chapel.
For those with an interest in archaeology, the whole area of Tintagel Island and its environs is a fascinating place to explore.
This area is important for its natural history and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It provides an ideal breeding ground for colonies of sea birds, butterflies and even small lizards.
The name is first recorded in the 12th Century as Tintagol. It is believed to be either Norman-French in origin or with a Cornish influence from dinas meaning fort/castle.
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Located on the coast in North Cornwall. Easily accessed from the A39 trunk road from Wadebridge to Bude and the B3263.
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