The history behind Tintagel, and why its new bridge is centuries overdue


From today, you will be able to do something in Cornwall that no one has been able to do for centuries – walk between the two sides of historic Tintagel Castle.

The problem of Tintagel is perhaps best epitomised by the root of its old Cornish name Trevena, which means village on a mountain. If, like me, you’ve visited Tintagel often, you’ll know only too well how painful the trek up the 148 steps to the castle used to be. Steep, winding and barely wide enough for two people to pass in some places, access is far from easy.  

Just getting to the entrance of the English Heritage-owned attraction involves a steep hill and the walk back up to the town (where all of the car parks are) is equally strenuous…

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