Visit Boscastle and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Boscastle, Cornwall. A classic beauty-spot. The Valency and Jordan pour out of oak woods to converge in a rock-topped moorland glen. Halfway along this glen, where the joint rivers meet the tide, is a strong-walled harbour. Beyond it, with a narrow, S-shaped, slate-cuffed bend, the glen becomes the sea. When the river in spate meets a strong tide the collision is dramatic. Even on a normal roughish day when the incoming tide surges through a blow-hole near the mole which extra-protects the harbour, spray is thrown high, explosively.
You have to leave your car at least 300 yds short of the harbour and walk.
Until the 1890s when the railway came to Camelford, Boscastle was quite a busy little port and is said to have had a minor sealing industry, the seals being caught in the caves in the cliffs.
The main part of the village is in the steep woods behind the harbour, off the main road: a surprisingly unsophisticated place with some very old houses and an unusual long, broad street climbing straight and steeply up the hill.
The stocky-towered grey church crouching above the cliffs to the West of the harbour is that of Forrabury. Parts of it are Norman and over the north hedge of its churchyard you can see, on Forrabury Common, one of the few extant examples of the ancient agricultural system of cultivation in strips. The strips are known as “stitches”, each about 20 yds wide by ½ mile long, and are so arranged that each contained some good and some poorer land.
One mile East of the village by foot and about 3 miles by car (go out on the Bude road and take the second turning right) is St Juliot Church, isolated and peaceful. Its main interest is that its restoration in 1870 was supervised by Thomas Hardy, the novelist, then aged 30 and a practising architect. On a wall are two sketches by him and one by his first wife, Emma, and also a newspaper article of 1928 headlined “Duchy's Link with Hardy”. Outside, close to the south door, is a finely carved slate-topped tomb.
Nearby towns: Bude, Camelford, Launceston, Wadebridge
Nearby villages: Altarnun, Davidstow, Delabole, Forrabury, Jacobstow, Marhamchurch, Michaelstow, Otterham, Polzeath, Port Isaac, Poundstock, St. Breward, St. Clether, St. Endellion, St. Gennys, St. Kew, St. Minver, St. Teath, St. Tudy, Tintagel, Tremaine, Treneglos, Tresmeer, Trewen, Upton, Warbstow, Week St. Mary
Have you decided to visit Boscastle or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Boscastle bed and breakfast (a Boscastle B&B or Boscastle b and b)
- a Boscastle guesthouse
- a Boscastle hotel (or motel)
- a Boscastle self-catering establishment, or
- other Boscastle accommodation