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Boscastle


Boscastle North Cornwall
The picturesque village of Boscastle is tucked away into a steep ravine on Cornwall's rugged north Coast. Situated 5 miles from Tintagel and 14 miles south from Bude, Boscastle has a wonderful remote charm all of its own. It lies within an area of natural outstanding beauty and is a truly magical place full of old world heritage, it's easy to see why it's a popular holiday destination for so many.

The distinctive natural harbour is set into a rocky inlet with Willapark headland to the west and Penally Point to the east and is sheltered from the harsh seas by two stone harbour walls, built in 1584. The only notable harbour within 20 miles, it used to be a bustling port but nowadays a few fisherman still operate out of the port. There's a blowhole known as Devils Bellows on the edge of the harbour which can send out plumes of water spray across the harbour when the conditions are right.

The whole area is covered with historical monuments and so much to discover. An old blacksmith's forge now operates as a gallery, a double sided lime kiln built in the 18th-century sits next to the visitor centre and the pilchard palace where the catch of the day was traditionally prepared for sale all give a feeling of history to the place. The site of Bottreaux Castle at the top end of the village dates back to 1100AD and the Pixie House, a famous landmark which was built over 300 years ago remains one of the main attractions in the village. There's a Museum of Witchcraft and plenty of shops down cobbled streets to explore.

With magnificent views across the Atlantic Ocean and rocky headlands jutting out into the sea, secluded and peaceful valleys surrounded by woodland and the beautiful River Valency running through the village, this is a perfect area to come to explore and is very popular with walkers. Inspiration for many of Thomas Hardy's poems and his novel 'A pair of blue eyes' came from Boscastle and readers will recognise landmarks from the area.

Much of Boscastle village was washed away in the famous flash flood of 2004. Described as creating complete devastation, there was little warning for the villagers as the River Valency was overwhelmed by the deluge of water from the surrounding hills. The village has now been restored to its former glory, winning it many Conservation awards, and the newly built flood defenses should stop this from happening again.

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