Plan a pilgrimage to the places of Arthurian legend
The site of King Arthur's conception and birth, Tintagel could also have been the site of King Arthur's Camelot. It hosted a thriving monastery from 470-500. In Arthurian legend, this was the house of Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall. In this seacliff stronghold he tried to hide his fair wife Ygraine (or Igerna) from the passions of King Uther, but Merlin helped disguise him as Gorlois to gain entry to the castle – and Ygraine's bed.
Legend has it that the Round Table of King Arthur and his knights is buried under this mound, found near the Chapel at Jill pool on the side road out of Bossiney (signposted Launceston). The myth is that the round table will rise up from the mound on a midsummer's night when King Arthur and his knights are due to return.
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St Nectan's Glen
Revered as one of the most sacred sites in Cornwall, this waterfall has been listed among the 10 most spiritual sites in Britain. Approached by several footpaths, the main access is behind the Rocky Valley Centre at Trevethy on the Boscastle to Tintagel road. King Arthur's knights were blessed here before the quest for the Holy Grail.
A 6th-century inscribed stone is said to mark King Arthur's last battle, which turned its small river red with blood. Find the Arthurian Centre off the B3314 between Camelford and Tintagel – it is open seven days a week until November 4.
King Arthur's Quoit
This burial chamber on Bodmin Moor, also known as Trevethy Quoit, is a 4.6 metre tall burial chamber dating from the Bronze Age. The capstone is pierced by a hole, the purpose of which is unknown. Also on Bodmin Moor stand a King Arthur's Hall and an Arthur's Bed, where Charlotte Dymond was murdered in 1844.
A quiet, brooding lake on Bodmin Moor with no visible source of supply, Dozmary Pool could be the residence of the Lady of the Lake. Was it this magical spot where Arthur rowed to claim his mighty sword, Excalibur? And was it here that Sir Bedivere returned it after Arthur's death, to fling the sword back to its maker? Whatever the answer, there is archaeological evidence of very early occupation around it, with shaped stone tools dated around 2000 BC.