Day Out with the Kids: St Nectan’s Glen Review – the most magical waterfall, Cornwall

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Updated March 2023

June 2021

This summer we had a brilliant week away in Cornwall on a budget. Whilst we were away we took a trip to the magical St Nectan’s Glen, and enjoyed every second.

Exploring the wilderness

I’ve got to say, our morning at St Nectan’s Glen was a real highlight of our trip. We are big nature lovers, and there’s nothing we love more than a beautiful place to explore. It was our last outing of the holiday, and we drove some way to visit – it was definitely worth the trip.

Cornwall, St Nectan's Glen, waterfall

The waterfall is stunning, and it feels as if you’re in a magical hidden world. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather throughout our trip, so this really enhanced all of our outdoor adventures. But, even before you reach the waterfall, the whole journey is just gorgeous.

Cornwall, St Nectan's Glen, waterfall, stream

You walk along an idyllic stream with stepping stones, across bridges and climb higher along the path towards the hidden gem at the end. The walk is somewhat uneven and quite a climb, so it’s not one for buggies if you have small children, and a decent pair of shoes would be advisable. Our two little explorers are great walkers so they love adventures like this!

Cornwall, St Nectan's Glen, waterfall, stream, frugal mum children husband


The main attraction

Once you reach the waterfall area, you have to pay the entrance fee in order to see it – up until that point the walk is free so if you were happy to just enjoy the journey you needn’t pay.

However, the last section of the walk and the waterfall are just stunning. We paid £18.95 for our family of four and I think it was money well spent. (Current prices for March 2023: Adults £8 / Children age 5 – 11: £4) Take your shoes off and paddle to get closer look. The water is freezing but the stepping stones help, and it’s worth the cold feet!

Cornwall, St Nectan's Glen, waterfall

Cornwall, St Nectan's Glen, waterfall, frugal mum children



There’s a cafe at the top of the waterfall area so if you fancy a snack there is somewhere to eat – our two enjoyed an ice-cream. The lady in the cafe also pointed us towards a trail with a prize that the kids could have taken part in but unfortunately we didn’t have the time. There are toilets there too. If you love nature – I would definitely add St Nectan’s Glen to your to do list if you’re in the area. 😊


Useful information for your visit…


Pets:  Dogs welcome

Parking:  Yes, free (spaces are limited, across the road from the start of the walk)

Facilities:  Cafe, parking, toilets, picnic areas

Address:  St Nectans Glen, Trethevy, Tintagel, PL34 0BE, Cornwall

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.


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