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Barras Nose (headland on the right), Tintagel

Barras Nose (headland on the right), Tintagel

The headland at Tintagel called Barras Nose was, in 1896, the first coastal land acquired by the National Trust in England.

The 15 acre site cost £505. The promontory is divided from the mainland by a very steep rocky slope that runs almost continuously across the neck. The escarpment is almost 13ft (4m) high in places. There is one small area to the north-east where it is possible to access the headland without having to scramble across a rock face.

At the entrance to the site is a stone inscribed with a poem by Thomas Hardy: '

It is believed that the headland could have been used as a cliff castle.

Flint tools dating back to the Mesolithic period (Middle Stone Age - 10,000 to 4000 BC) have been found here.

A verse by Thomas Hardy is inscribed on a stone at the entrance to the property: 'Hard by was great Tintagel's table round and there of old the flower of Arthur's knights made fair beginning of a nobler time'.

On the side of the headland facing Tintagel Island is a cave or rock shelter at SX052891.

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