Boscastle

 


Boscastle nestles in a rocky inlet on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path

A village of three dimensions; The Harbour, The Valency Valley and The Old Village. Visitors to Boscastle mainly head for the harbour but there is far more to discover in this historic Cornish village. Boscastle is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty much of which is managed by the National Trust.

Walk down to the Elizabethan Harbour and stunning north Cornwall Coast Path and watch out for Cornwall’s famous grey seals.

Call into the Boscastle National Trust Visitor Centre, Shop & Cafe for a wealth of information about the area, places to stay and various walking leaflets that cover the local stretches of the South West Coast Path, north Cornwall..

Browse Boscastle’s various Gift Shops for gifts and mementos. See our resident Artist Helen in the Old Forge or pop over to the Mill which houses the work of our Cooperative of local Cornish artists and craft workers.

See the world- famous Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, housing an outstanding collection of artefacts. Open from Easter to Halloween.

Watch a demonstration of the unique Mochaware technique in Boscastle Pottery: Open all year.

If you are feeling peckish check out a variety of Hostelries serving Cornish ice cream, pasties, cream teas, tasty snacks & meals and local ale.

Amble uphill through the Old Boscastle Village via the road next to the Wellington Hotel. Take your time and admire the quaint Cornish cottages and gardens with their many interesting features from days gone by.

Look out for a little lane on the left to the viewpoint and site of the twelfth century Bottreaux Castle.

Down in Boscastle harbour take the path on the right out towards the sea or climb up to a stunning viewpoint at the flagpole. Continue onward for Pentargon Waterfall: featured in Hardy’s novel ‘Blue Eyes’ You can visit the Boscastle Farm Shop & Café with its fabulous views or keep going and you will eventually reach Crackington Haven or even Bude.

The path on the left over our new bridge will also take you out towards the sea. At the top of the steps near the quayside is a slate platform where you can view a spouting ‘ Blowhole’ an hour before or after low tide. You can also try to work out what you can see at Profile Rock.

Continue along the path noting the Medieval Stitches on the left near Forrabury Church. Take a right for the white Lookout Tower, originally a folly, now manned by the volunteer Coastwatch team. A longer walk will bring you into Tintagel and onwards to Port Isaac.

Access the wooded Valency Valley Walks from the end of the main car park, just yards from Valency Boscastle.

Follow the pretty River Valency through a meadow and wooded valley mainly owned by the National Trust.

Cross over at the wooden bridge and continue up the hillside onto Minster Church with its Norman origins. Continue right along the road by the church until you come full circle back into Boscastle village.

Alternatively, continue straight on at the bridge to follow in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy until you reach St. Juliet’s Church. Walk by the Old Rectory where Hardy stayed and met his sweetheart Emma whilst he was an architect working on the church tower.

Visit our other Churches at Forrabury, Minster, Lesnewth, St Juliot’s and Trevalga

Whether you have a couple of hours, a day or longer there is always something for everyone in beautiful Boscastle.