From the small car park, located on the main road that connects Boscastle with Tintagel, there is a decent one-mile woodland walk that follows the Trivillet River up to the awe-inspiring St. Nectan's Kieve, the 60 foot waterfall that has been lauded by many pilgrim's as one of Britain's finest spiritual sites.
The first thing of a magical nature that visitor's notice on the walk up to St Nectan's Glen are the fallen trees that are encrusted with embedded coins. Numerous flat stones are left around the tree to encourage the practice. These are coin wishing trees and have a long tradition in British folklore.
|Coin Wishing Tree, St. Nectan's Glen|
|Embedded Coins in a St. Nectan's Glen Wishing Tree|
|Another Coin WIshing Tree at St. Nectan's Glen|
As well as Coin Wishing Trees, there are innumerable Dressed Wishing Trees around St. Nectan's Glens. Festooned with ribbons and other decorations, these gifts to the tree spirits are a mix of votive offerings, symbolic prayers and wishes those who decorate the tree hope the resident spirits will grant them.
|Dressed Wishing Tree, St. Nectan's Glen|
|Votive offerings, wishes and symbolic prayers|
decorate many trees in St. Nectan's Glen
There is a small entrance fee to visit St. Nectan's Kieve and after paying this some well-managed steps lead steeply and in a winding fashion down to the waterfall itself.
|Looking down at St. Nectan's Waterfall|
|Votive offerings at St. Nectan's Glen Waterfall|
|St. Nectan's Glen Waterfall|
|The hole in the rock through which St, Nectan's waterfall flows|
After viewing the famous waterfall, there were still much to see on the climb back up to the exit, including this beautiful sculpture...
...as well as further magical votive offerings.
All in all, St. Nectan's Glen is a very highly recommended site to visit. If you are thinking of travelling there yourself, you can find more information from the glen's official website here.