Green fields tumble into steep valleys before revealing Boscastle’s unspoilt harbour village – once home to sailors and merchants seeking shelter on an intimidating stretch of North Cornwall coast. Today, shops, galleries, cafes and historic buildings lead you towards bobbing boats and a striking natural inlet.
With a range of quirky arts and crafts shops, galleries and gift shops, Boscastle is a great spot to wonder around and view the work of local artists – you may even see a pot or two being thrown. It would be rude not to pick up some Cornish fudge or local foodstuffs as you potter around. And if you can’t face the kitchen – this is self catering after all – there are plenty of options for casual and evening dining.
Learn more about the geography and history surrounding you and pay a visit to The National Trust’s high-tech visitor centre, standing in testament to the village’s thriving community. Boscastle’s bustling Food, Art and Craft Festival is taking a break in 2016, but keep an eye out for the event in 2017.
It’s hard not to be lured towards the sea at Boscastle. If you follow your feet and heart you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping cliffs and headlands. Make a day of it and explore the dramatic coastline towards Bossiney Cove, Tintagel, Trebarwith and Crackington Haven to the north and south.
Boscastle does cake and light lunches to a (cream) tea. The gloriously wonky-roofed Harbour Light Tea Garden is hard to miss, or shelter in the National Trust cafe and sun-trap courtyard.
Something more substantial? The Wellington Hotel’s restaurant is a good spot come evening – they do a good curry night too – or watch the river below from Riverside Restaurant. For pub grub you can pick from The Cobweb Inn, The Old Manor House and The Napoleon Inn.
Dogs are very welcome along this stretch of Cornish coastline. Snuff out the sights and smells of Boscastle river and harbour, or hit the 630-mile stretch of The South West Coast path – all of it dog friendly – to visit the other neighbouring beaches which are open to dogs all-year round.
Boscastle’s main village amenities line the flat and level stretch all the way to the harbour, making wheelchair access easy. Disabled and public toilets are located near the pay and display car park in the centre of the village, as are disabled parking spaces.