As anyone visiting one of our holiday cottages in the area may know, Boscastle was a preferred venue of Thomas Hardy, who worked on the restoration of nearby St. Juliot’s church whilst practising as an architect before he turned his hand to writing and used the village as the setting for his novel, A Pair of Blue Eyes. Boscastle lives to the rhythm of the sea, and visitors can enjoy the stunning coastline in this area by taking a boat trip out from the harbour. Pleasure rides can bring sighting of guillemots, puffin and razorbills during breeding season, luckier still are those visitors that spot seals in local waters, while many trips head further out from the coast for some serious sea angling among shipwrecks. Walkers as well as mariners will also be rewarded with super coastal views, and there are a number of popular routes heading out from Boscastle. Willapark and Penally Point mark the two headlands which enclose the natural harbour and afford lovely views; Penally Point is also worth reaching to see the natural blow hole which forms here when there is sufficient swell to send plumes of water crashing high into the air. The Forrabury Stitches are a series of cliff top fields still farmed on a rotational basis dating from medieval times, whilst a challenging walk can be enjoyed between Boscastle and Crackington Haven. This is a trail of some seven miles, passing many natural geological splendours and taking in the highest point on the Cornish coastal path en route; Strangles Beach with its natural rock archway, the sheer black cliff face of Buckator and the Pentargon inlet waterfall. Further circular walks can be enjoyed in the area and the tourist office down by the harbour can provide route maps, whilst keen golfers can be readily accommodated at one of the region’s best courses nearby, Bowood Park Golf Club, with its 18 hole par 72 course.
From the natural splendour of this tiny village to the supernatural; one of Boscastle’s most famous attractions is the intriguing and unique Witchcraft Museum, believed to hold the largest collection of witchcraft-related artefacts and memorabilia in the world. The exhibits portray the history of paganism and witchcraft, both throughout history and in a modern context, in England and Cornwall in particular, and its vast collection of over 3,000 books on the subject underpin serious research into witchcraft through the ages. The museum is situated down by the harbour, here too many of the good restaurants and bars are to be found.
To read part one of this blog on self catering cottage holidays in Tintagel and Boscastle, please click here.