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Saint Nectan’s Glen

Cornish: Glynn Nathan | “Deep Wooded Valley of Nathan”

St. Nectan’s Glen is a picturesque and spiritually significant area located in Trethevy near Tintagel, Cornwall, England. It is situated in a densely wooded area with the River Trevillet running through it.

According to legend, the saint rang a silver bell in times of stormy weather, this to warn ships of the perilous rocks at the mouth of the Rocky Valley.

Saint Nectan of Hartland lived in the fifth century (c. 468 – c. 510) in Stoke, county of Devon. Sources say he was born in Ireland, the eldest of the twenty-four children of King Brychan of Brycheiniog.

There are myths and legends surrounding King Arthur. It’s reputed to be the place where the king baptised the Knights Templar and where King Arthur and his knights is making ghostly appearances.

The main attraction of St. Nectan’s Glen is a stunning sixty foot (approximately eighteen meters) waterfall that cascades into a pool below. The waterfall is often referred to as St. Nectan’s Kieve. At the top of the waterfall, there is a hermitage or cave associated with Saint Nectan.

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Saint Nectan’s Kieve | Photo: Thorgrim