St Nectanís Glen  


One of Cornwallís most sacred sites.  St.Nectanís waterfall is in a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it has been described as amongst the ten most important spiritual sites in the country.


A place of outstanding natural beauty.  The magic and tranquillity of St Nectanís Kieve are unique.  The Kieve is a potent symbol of Mother Earth.  


An air of Celtic Mystery.  The Kieve has been a place of reverence, worship and healing since pre-Christian times.  It is a place of healing and spiritual regeneration.


A place of pilgrimage.  People of many faiths have walked the ancient route to the waterfall to bathe in its mysterious and therapeutic atmosphere.


St.Nectanís Glen is approached by several public footpaths, the main one being behind ďThe Rocky Valley CentreĒ 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.


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.


Please remember that this site is held sacred by many and visit it with respect and reverence.


St Nectanís Kieve, Waterfall and St Nectanís Cell

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.Nectanís 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 Hermitage, St Nectanís Glen, Trethevy, Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34 0BE

Telephone:  +44 1840 770 760


Opening times:  Easter to end of October, Waterfall and Tea Gardens open 7 days a week 10.00am to 6.30pm.  November to Easter Tea Gardens closed.  Waterfall open 10.30am to 6.30pm or Dusk (whichever is earlier).  Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays (Out of hours visiting can be arranged by prior appointment)


Admission:  Adults £3.00   


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