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Area Overview

The village of Boscastle is nestled on the North Cornish Coast between the parishes of Forrabury and Minster, 14 miles south from Bude. It is a conservation area set amongst some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. The National Trust have designated it as an area of outstanding beauty, and continue to care for its beautiful, small medieval harbour, which houses a number of small fishing boats, and the surrounding coastline.

A picturesque valley heads inland via a path that follows a fast flowing stream, and there are several churches where you can discover the village’s connection with the famous writer Thomas Hardy. You’ll also find enjoyable walks along coastal footpaths, moorlands and sheltered wooded valleys, that all provide magnificent views of the local area and beyond. Bocastle is an excellent base from which to tour the local area, whilst all of Cornwall and North Devon are within easy reach.

Things To Do In Boscastle

  • The Museum of Witchcraft: The world’s largest collection of artifacts related to witchcraft and magic.
  • Bocastle Harbour: The focal point of the village dating back to the 16th century.
  • St Nectans Glen Waterfall: A 60 ft waterfall in Trethevy, known as a site of spiritual importance.
  • Tintagel Castle: Medieval ruins on Tintagel Island.
  • Cornwall at War Museum: Displays and artefacts largely focused on the Cornish military in WWII. Smaller exhibits also covering the Falklands and WWI.
  • Walking
  • Surfing: Surf school and equipment hire available at Polzeath.

When to go to Bocastle

Whilst July and August are the peak months for visitors to Bocastle, with temperatures reaching as high as 30°C, the village is most frequented during the spring and summer months, with low season during the cooler periods in autumn and winter.

Popular annual events in and around Bocastle include:

  • Bocastle Walking Week (April)
  • Stratton Bookfest: North Cornwall’s largest book event, in Bude.
  • Boscastle Duck Race Day: Purchase a numbered duck and take part as thousands of rubber ducks race to be the winner. Ducks can be purchased from outlets around Boscastle.
  • Bude Carnival: Head to the neighbouring village to watch this carnival procession.
  • Bude Jazz Festival: A mix of traditional and New Orleans Jazz is performed live in the streets.

Useful Facts

  • Nearest Airport: Newquay Cornwall International Airport (30miles).
  • Local transport: Local buses from Bodmin Parkway and Exeter St David’s run through the village.
  • Currency: GBP
  • Language: English
  • Religion: Christianity
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