St Nectans Glen

During my 2nd annual Sentia Yoga Moon Goddess Retreat in Cornwall this year, so many signals from the universe came up about St Nectan’s Glen; we even pulled an oracle card mentioning it! So I’m determined to head there for 2019! over the new moon weekend of September. St Nectans Glen has such an intriguing history and mythology I’ve written some more about it! to see the retreat head to

About St Nectans Glen: the river Trevillet has carved its way through slate to create a 60 foot waterfall and punched a hole through the original kieve (basin). The sixth-century Saint Nectan is believed to have sited his hermitage above the waterfall. According to legend, Saint Nectan rang a silver bell in times of stormy weather to warn shipping of the perils of the rocks at the mouth of the Rocky Valley. Saint Nectan’s Kieve is to some a sacred place, and numerous ribbons, crystals, photographs, inscriptions, prayers and other devotions now adorn the foliage and rock walls near the waterfall. Many myths and legends, from King Arthur and his knights to ghostly sightings of orbs of light, surround this beautiful place.


About a mile further down St Nectan’s Glen are two rock carvings set into the valley’s crags. These carvings are small mazes known as finger labyrinths just over an inch in diameter. If you follow the maze with your finger you’re drawn to the labyrinth’s core. Some claim that these carvings are maps of the maze that lead to the top of Glastonbury Tor. They’re believed to be 4000 years old.

St Nectans Glen in Arthurian Legend

The Story goes that Arthur's Knights of the round table were blessed in the waters of St Nectarns Kieve (the waterfall with the holed rock).

And the ill-fated lovers Tristan (One of King Arthur’s knights) and Isolde (Irish Princess, married to king Mark of Cornwall) sought refuge at the Hermitage of the glen when fleeing their fate.

More Magic…

At Tintagel you’ll also find of course: Tintagel Castle; and her tales of Merlin, King Arthur and the Pendragons. King Arthur has been linked with Tintagel since the 12th century, when it was named by Geoffrey of Monmouth as the place where Arthur was conceived. Here you’ll find Merlins cave, and carvings and sculptures that capture the magic of the place on rugged Cornish shores.