Boscastle Harbour Walk

P1190075This is a gentle, level one mile walk along the river to the ‘blow-hole’ and has lovely views of the village and the harbour. At the end there are some steps to climb and the rocks here can be slippery when wet.

P1190084Now I could fancy one of these cottages. What about the pink one? It already has a bench in the garden for me.

P1190090We’ll walk along one side of the river to the next bridge (footbridge) passing by the witch museum, a lovely National Trust shop, a tea-room and the YHA. I love the Cornish walls in which you can plant a host of flowers, including these beautiful tulips (header photo). Look out for wild flowers too, such as the Danish scurvy traditionally considered a coastal plant with its love of salty places, salt marshes and sea shores grass. Full of Vitamin C, it gets its name from sailors chewing it to avoid scurvy.

The witch museum looks very interesting, but we didn’t go inside. I rather liked the herb container with it’s witch messages:

  • Witches were said to pick parsley and curse their enemies
  • If sage thrives in a garden then the man of the house will never be the master
  • Strawberries should be left as a gift to the birds (spirits of nature)
  • Garlic can protect you from the evil eye
  • Drink St John’s Wort in red wine to prevent melancholy
  • Comb your hair with rosemary to prevent baldness

I’m sure one of those will be useful to you.

At this point cross over to the other side of the river unless you enjoy walking along a very narrow strip and onto a stony track. One advantage of crossing is that you get a very good view of the lovely tea-room, which must have once been a chapel, and the Youth Hostel. Now there’s a room with a view.

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The Youth Hostel

Turn right after crossing the bridge and follow the river to the ancient harbour and the two breakwaters. The outer breakwater was built 1820, but destroyed in 1941 by a drifting mine and since rebuilt by the national trust.

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The 16th century harbour
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The outer breakwater

Climb the steps onto the rocks above the harbour and you have views to the open sea, the blow-hole and the outer breakwater. Be careful though as these rocks can be very slippery as the surface is smooth slate.

Return to the road along this side of the river and you will pass a shop where you can buy locally produced ice-cream. Or if you are in time for lunch then head for the Cobweb Inn opposite the car-park where you can have reasonably priced, home cooked food. They also serve real ale and local ciders.

If you enjoy a walk, long or short, then have a look at Jo’s site where you are welcome to join in.

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Heyjude

I now live in the UK, but spent several years travelling and then living in South Africa. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

62 thoughts on “Boscastle Harbour Walk”

  1. Such a quaint little village! Adore the witch house…shame you didn’t go inside. WOuld have loved to see what evil lurks in there 🙂

    1. The flood was dreadful, fortunately no loss of life and they have rebuilt it beautifully. Sadly the pink cottage wasn’t for sale.

  2. When are your moving to Cornwall? Your camera obviously loves it. My favourite shot is the Youth Hostel with its straight lines and diagonals, and the water at the outer breakwater is Narooma-blue. I wonder what the commonality is?

    1. My camera didn’t love it today 😦
      Visited Cape Cornwall, the only Cape in England, climbed up to the chimney stack on the summit in a gale-force wind, took loads of photos, only to get back to the cottage and find that the card was damaged and I lost all my images. Not happy.

    1. I just wish I was thirty years younger and a lot fitter, there are a lot of ups and downs in this county, especially along the coast!

  3. Still wondering which of those remedies I can best use 🙂 🙂 Love the flowers on the wall shot, Jude, and the tipsy-looking tea room too. Many thanks for your lovely and knowledgeable company. 🙂

  4. Simply gorgeous, Jude ! – you never fail. 🙂
    That pink cottage with the bench in front of the ‘shed’ ? – what’s wrong with those people ? Why don’t they have a bloody GARDEN ?!
    I see that the river could be the Valency or the Jordan that join to form the harbour, yes ? – amazing colours, really amazing.
    Another triumph of a post.

    1. Thank you for your exuberance M-R – the colour of the water transported me back to the Antipodes and I quite agree with the garden, or lack of, where are the flowers?

  5. Oh, now this is my kind of walk! I would love to be walking through this lovely village and seeing the old stone walls and the cottages with their pretty flowers. Love it all, Jude! 🙂

  6. Boscastle is one of our favourite haunts (haunts, witches, ha!) and have spent many a happy evening in the Cobweb. We walked the coast path to Tintagel but had to get the bus back after a pub lunch. As you would expect.

    1. Well all I can say is that you were lucky there WAS a bus! Cobweb does good food, sounds like a perfect place for us to meet up. When I move here naturally 🙂

  7. Such a pretty little village and I love the walls with the flowers in them, great idea. That witches cottage is a must see and I just planted some sage last week so will be interested to see how it thrives, or not….

        1. Oh, it is delicious! Quite a strong mint flavour with just a hint of chocolate – the leaves have a dark brown tint too. I just hope my neighbour hasn’t used it all for his jersey potatoes by the time I get back 😉

    1. Really you should get here by walking the coastal path, then you’d work up an appetite, but it is very steep around these parts! I was struck by the colour and clarity of that water.

    1. Went back and took more photos, but I am a tad nervous about using that camera and that card now..

      The name of the village comes from Botreaux Castle (pronounced `But`ry`), a 12th-century motte-and-bailey fortress. And the Cobweb does some very good PIES, but not Peee..can!

        1. OK, well I suppose that explains it (but only 3 years? Seems a short time to build a business on the name. Maybe he pinched the recipes from the pub!) I know, I shall have to go and read your link… just popping in to recharge batteries (camera) as I still have two gardens to see. Lucky living only a few yards away from them 🙂

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