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Boscastle is set in the centre of some of Europe's most dramatic rugged coastline. It is often used as a location for television or film.
Sir Richard Grenvillle, the former High Sheriff of Cornwall, built the picturesque harbour at Boscastle in the middle of the 1500s.
The harbour flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as road traffic was nearly impossible due to the state of the unmade roads.
Today a few local fisherman and pleasure craft use the harbour, and you can go out on one of the boats to try your luck at catching Mackerel!
Much of the harbour, the Valency Valley and the coastline are owned and managed by the National Trust, and are rated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', or AONB.
Forrabury Common on the cliff above the harbour, the woodland leading up to Minster Church and the churchyard are classified as 'Sites of Special Scientific Interest', because of their diverse range of flora and fauna.
Some of the cottages built at the same time as the harbour can still be seen in the older parts of Boscastle today. The old castle mound, which is all that remains of Bottreaux Castle, built in 1100 AD, can be visited.
There are many walks that can be taken to explore this area, one of which is the path which goes along the side of the Valency river to St Juliot's Church.
It was at this church that Thomas Hardy first met Emma, the sister of the vicar's wife, who was to become Hardy's first wife.
As you walk along the path you can see a wide variety of wild flowers and birds, and if you are quiet enough you may be lucky and also spot deer, badgers, foxes and rabbits.
With its spectacular views, a walk along the coastal path is always worthwhile. You could be lucky enough to see seals, dolphins and basking sharks, or a peregrine falcon riding the air currents above you.
In the centre of Boscastle you can browse through the Craft Centre, the antique and gift shops, the Witch's Museum, and eat out in the plentiful restaurants.
Alternatively, visit one of the 3 Pubs, which are the centre of Boscastle's nightlife and feature music ranging from folk at the Welly, where you are welcome to join in, to jazz and rock playing 2 to 3 nights per week at the Cobweb or Napoleon.
Other nearby attractions include:
Activities available nearby:
Trips further afield:
All of these and many others are about an hour's drive away, and the whole of Cornwall and Devon are easily accessible for a day out.
You can also visit Boscastle for a relaxing holiday outside of the main season:
All of these and the many other attractions make Boscastle, and these holiday cottages, an ideal centre for your holiday.
You can now see larger pictures of Boscastle and North Cornwall on our - Boscastle Pictures - gallery page.
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