Last week we braved the elements and visited the dramatic coastal fishing port and village of Boscastle
Boscastle is just 30 minutes North of Butterwell Farm, situated on the North Cornwall Coast just North of Tintagel. And visiting both Boscastle and Tintagel in one day is a great combination. Boscastle lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and it really is a stunning place to visit in Cornwall. Flash floods in 2004 caused by exceptional rainfall – over a month’s rain fell in just two hours – devastated the village, destroying homes and businesses. The force of the water washed 100 cars out to sea, wiped out around 1,000 trees and deposited 20 years’ worth of river sediment in the village in a day. Today Boscastle is thriving and has been restored and repaired with the help of the National Trust.
In the heart of the harbour, just a stones throw from the coastal path, is a fantastic National Trust Visitors Centre, extensive shop and cafe, situated in a beautifully converted harbour building. There is lots of information and photographs about the flood and the cafe serves deliciously lunches and cakes and dogs are welcome too. The rest of the village is great for pottering around the unique shops and galleries – we particularly liked a shop we found called Boho which showcases a variety of work from local Cornish artists and craftsmen / women.
If this unique attraction takes our fancy there is also the intriguing Museum of Witchcraft and Magic! There are also plenty of walking opportunities starting from Boscastle and exploring the North Cornwall coastal path. Even if you don’t fancy a long walk it’s definitely worth climbing up past the harbour entrance to see the breathtaking views out to sea. We will definitely re-visit Boscastle in the future – perhaps when the sun is shining!
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