St. Nectan's Glen

St. Nectan's Glen

Trethevy, Boscastle, PL34 0BB
Tel: (01840) 779538


Spectacular 60 foot waterfall

Sited near Tintagel, this beautiful valley is hidden and is only accessable on foot. This unique 60 foot waterfall is at the head of this idyllic wooded valley. St. Nectan's waterfall has been described as amongst the ten most important spiritual sites in the country. The Kieve has been a place of reverence, worship and healing since pre-Christian times. People of many faiths have walked the ancient route to the waterfall to bathe in its mysterious and therapeutic atmosphere.

Legend also says that King Arthur's knights were blessed here before leaving for the Quest for the Holy Grail.

The major part of the Hermitage including the remains of the chapel is now the owners living accommodation but beneath this is the room which is reputed to be the site of St. Nectan's cell.

Slate steps lead up to the chapel and the rear bedrock wall forms a natural altar. Until recent times this cell has not been opened to the public but as increasing numbers of visitors are realising the spiritual benefit of the Kieve the guardians are now allowing access to this Shrine.

The Shrine is the ideal place to sit, meditate and soak up the healing energies of the waters that flow through the cell.

Candles are available for those who wish to show their respect to the spirits of the Kieve as pilgrims did in centuries past.

St. Nectan's Glen is approached by several public footpaths, the main one being behind "The Rocky Valley Centre" at Trethevy on the Boscastle to Tintagel road. Sensible footwear should be worn. Although dogs are welcome they are required to be on leads in the area of the Hermitage.

Teas and light snacks are served, on the patio, weather permitting.


On the B3263 between Boscastle and Tintagel.

Opening Times

7 Days a Week
November to Easter
10.30am - 6.30pm

Admission Charged

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