Boscastle in spring.

Since the famous floods of August 2004 the village of Boscastle has been extensively renovated. In fact, the last of the construction work only finish last summer. Boscastle is now back to its original glory and there’s little sign that the devastating event ever took place. The car park where most of the cars where washed out into the harbour by flood water has been extended into a field at the back of the original one. It has also been raised by a meter and a half.

There are some excellent walks around the village where you have the choice to explore the rugged cliff paths to Bossiney or take a more gentle stroll along the two wooded valleys that feed the water in the village. There’s a good round walk from the main car park; follow the stream for about 3/4 mile and then take the wooden bridge up into the hills towards Minster church, set deep in the woods with the cemetery and graves dotted amongst the wild garlic (ramsons) which you’ll smell as you approach it. A return path takes you through the Wellington Hotel so access from the footpath is restricted to pub opening time.

The new visitor centre down near the harbour is well worth a visit, very educational and unlike many ‘touristy’ centres has lots of information on both the history and the archeology of the area.

Lots of photos of Boscastle here

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