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Boscastle - walk to the harbour


The following four paragraphs are from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Boscastle (Cornish: Kastell Boterel) is a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom. The name of the village derives from Bottreaux Castle, a 12th century motte-and-bailey fortress, of which few remains survive. A flash flood on 16 August 2004, caused extensive damage to the village, but much of this was repaired by the following year. Boscastle flooded again on the 21 June 2007 although the scale of devastation was not nearly as bad as in 2004.

The village has the only natural harbour for 20 miles along the coast, protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville (of HMS Revenge). The oldest parts of the village surround the harbour, which once exported slate, and extend up the valleys of the Rivers Valency and Jordan. More modern buildings (principally residential) creep up the steep stone banks and hills surrounding the harbour and valleys.

Boscastle has one of the nearest youth hostels to the ruins of Tintagel Castle, particularly on foot along approximately five miles of the Cornwall coastal path, part of the much longer South West Coast Path long-distance footpath.

One of the town's main attractions is the Museum of Witchcraft, as well as the Boscastle pottery.

Further information about Boscastle:

Boscastle. Brief well presented information from Cornwall Online.

Boscastle from

Cornish Light A description of Boscastle with a fine set of small pictures of Boscastle.

Boscastle Map from 

The Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft

Boscastle on AboutBritain Brief information, with useful list of nearby attractions.

Boscastle Old Photos from

Accommodation, Hotels, Bed and Breakfast, Self-Catering (Open Directory/DMOZ)

Search for Boscastle on Google

Boscastle Harbour Youth Hostel (YHA)  A unique, cosy retreat where the river meets the sea. In a National Trust harbour, this was originally a stable for horses that pulled boats ashore. On the South West Coast Path the superb coastal scenery of the area provides excellent walking country and lovers of literature will appreciate the local Thomas Hardy connections.

Book accommodation on-line for some of these and other accommodation. Details and pictures given of many of these too:
Smooth Hound Systems
NetPZ Hotel Booking Service

National Trust information for Boscastle.  Including a map of locating the actual NT land. Much of the land in and around this picturesque north Cornish harbour and village is owned by the Trust, including the cliffs of Penally Point and Willapark which guard the sinuous harbour entrance, Forrabury Common, high above the village and divided into ancient ‘stitchmeal’ cultivation plots, and large areas of woodland and meadow in the lovely Valency Valley.

Artists, potters and galleries in Boscastle and the surrounding area. "Art Trail" 

Dooyoo reviews of Boscastle There were three the last time I looked.

Boscastle Language School Learn English with an experienced EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher and enjoy the social life of a friendly Cornish community.  One to One or Group lessons. Individually planned study programme with course certificate.

780 photos of Boscastle from

Bottreaux Hotel Built almost 200 years ago in proximity to the site of the original Bottreaux Castle of Norman origin (hence: Boscastle). There is a nice set of photos of Boscastle. You have to look for them in the central scrolling part of the page, and click on the narrow oblong pictures for the complete picture.

The Wellington Hotel  "Listed c.16th century hotel by Elizabethan harbour in glorious National Trust countryside". There is quite a bit of information here.


Estate agents near Boscastle

Restaurants in and around Boscastle - Names, distances and contact details

Bottreaux Hotel 2 stars Web site in German

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