I’ve been in a bit of a funk just lately. After the surprising high of January, I’ve crashed a bit this month and had a major bout of homesickness. Despite keeping up with the gym, I’ve lacked motivation to surf or blog and I completely caved in on myself and hid away at home.
Thankfully, I have some amazing friends who helped to pick me up off the floor and get me out of the house. Last week was a good opportunity to revive the Cornwall bucket list so when Jenny suggested checking out a waterfall, little did I know when I met up with her that she was talking about St Nectan’s Glen.
I’d heard of it last year when my friend Kelly recommended it. I love the Boscastle area anyway for it’s magical and mystical feel and I wanted to go somewhere a bit different to get a new perspective and get back to nature.
St Nectan’s Glen is a sacred site. There’s 3 waterfalls (one is 60ft) with a woodland walk along the river and up to the top of the largest waterfall. There’s a shallow pool at the bottom and you can borrow a pair of wellies so you can get up close to the cascading water! It’s reputed that the waters are healing, watched over by spirits and the veil between this life and the afterlife is very faint. For many visitors, it’s a place where they can feel connected to people who’ve passed. St. Nectan’s Kieve, at the foot of the 60ft waterfall is full of inscriptions in the rock face, crystals, prayers and ribbons as offerings or to remember lost loved ones.
There’s a total sense of peace and tranquillity and I really lost myself here – just what I needed! There’s no distracting noise from everyday life – just the natural sounds of water flowing and birdsong, shrouded by a canopy of woodland. It’s like another world and looked not too dissimilar to the woods of Lorien in Lord of the Rings.
The riverside garden is a beautiful place to sit and soak in the soothing atmosphere. The cafe sells lovely locally produced cakes and there’s a little gift shop where you can sit in front of the log burner on a cold day. The staff are super friendly and their passion for St Nectan’s Glen is clear. What an incredible place to work!
If you’re ever in that neck of the woods (excuse the shameful pun!), it’s well worth a visit. A real hidden gem and escape from everyday life that will get you back to nature and fill you full of wonder!