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Boscastle Cornwall

Boscastle Cornwall

Boscastle Cornwall is a beautiful village and lovely place to explore.

Boscastle village is set in the valley surrounded by un spoilt countryside and dramatic coastlines. The village spreads out from the stream which runs through the centre of the village to Boscastle harbour and the sea beyond.

The harbour and much of the surrounding coastline is today owned and preserved by the National Trust.

There are plenty of eateries to choose from in Boscastle Cornwall including a pub, cafes and tea rooms. There is a selection of little shops to look round and places of interest to see including a Witch craft museum.

The harbour at Boscastle, now edged by tearooms and souvenirs shops, was until the 1890s bustling with the import of coal, limestone, ironwork and export of local products including slate, china clay and oats.

Literary and Thomas Hardy fans will be interested to hear that Boscastle features in Hardy's novel A Pair of Blue Eyes and in several of his poems. Thomas Hardy came to Boscastle in 1870 to restore the nearby church of St Juliot and it was here he met his wife to be Emma Gifford.

The picture book harbour village of Boscastle Cornwall is sadly probably most famous for the terrible floods in 2004. Thankfully, due to the hard work and commitment of the villagers, little evidence of the flood is now visible and the village stands as beautiful as ever.

On Monday 16 August 2004 Boscastle and the nearby village of Crackington Haven were hit by horrendous flash floods and suffered extensive damage. The floods were due to an unusually high amount of rain falling in a short space of time and surging though the valley. The footage of the flooded village of Boscastle and the amazing and skillful helicopter rescues of villagers from their rooftops was shown across the world.

Watch video of the Boscastle floods.