Boscastle is home to great little independent shops and scenic walks. The medieval harbour is the main attraction of this pretty Atlantic coast town. The so-called “hanging valleys” and a spectacular waterfall make this a must see destination for photographers and geology enthusiasts alike.
Boscastle is 14 miles from Bude, and a 20 minute drive. The Stagecoach 595 bus runs frequently.
- Visit the harbour, which was built in medieval times.
- Watch the Blowhole (best an hour before and after low tide). See it just beyond the outer harbour wall.
- Pentargon waterfall, a short walk north in the direction of Crackington Haven.
- Walk to the Coastwatch lookout, head south west down the coast path, you can see it from the harbour, a good climb.
- See Forrabury stitches, a medieval strip field system. Found by the Coastwatch lookout, these date back to medieval times and are managed by the National Trust to maximise wildlife diversity.
- Walk the Valency Valley. The river by the main village car park is the Valency. Follow it inland to discover this wonderful valley.
- Walk to Tintagel on the coast path.
- Explore the local churches, Minster, St. Juliot (Thomas Hardy met his first wife here)