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N 37 B 2.4K C 15 E Jul 8, 2019 F Jul 19, 2019
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Boscastle is on the North Cornwall coast about four miles north-east of Tintagel. It dates back to the 12th century when a Norman motte-and-bailey fortress, Botreaux Castle, was constructed for the de Botreaux family. The village, which sits in a steep valley either side of the River Valency, takes its name from this, though few remains now survive.

Boscastle is the only significant harbour for 20 miles along the coast. As well as being a fishing harbour, in the 19th century Boscastle was once a small port importing limestone and coal and exporting slate and other local produce. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust, including both sides of the harbour, where the oldest buildings can be found.

The stone building on the extreme left is a YHA youth hostel. It is where I stayed with a school-friend in 1961 when we spent three weeks cycling round the south-west.


Tags:   Cornwall Boscastle Cornish villages Cornish harbours River Valency

N 32 B 2.0K C 20 E Jul 8, 2019 F Jul 15, 2019
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Boscastle harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville (of HMS Revenge). It is the only significant harbour for 20 miles (32 km) along the north Cornish coast. Boscastle was once a small port (similar to many others on the north coast of Cornwall), importing limestone and coal, and exporting slate and other local produce. But these days it is simply home to a handful of small inshore fishing boats and a couple of small pleasure craft. Tourism is the most important local industry.

Tags:   Cornwall Boscastle North Cornwall fishing villages fishing boats Cornish harbours

N 36 B 2.0K C 20 E Jul 8, 2019 F Jul 15, 2019
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This is the Harbour Light Tea Garden on the harbourside in the delightful village of Boscastle in North Cornwall. The Grade II-listed Georgian building dates from the early 1800s and I had thought that it looked like a former chapel. But according to British Listed Buildings it was originally a stables and then pig-houses before being converted into a shop in 1957, when it was known as the Pixie Shop. It is now a beautifully restored cafe and tea-room, having been rebuilt after being severely damaged (not to say flattened) in the flood of 2004.

Tags:   Cornwall Boscastle North Cornwall fishing villages teashops cafes old buildings

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This little cobbled lane is known as Valency Row, presumably after the narrow river of the same name which runs into the ancient harbour just a short distance away in the delightful tiny village of Boscastle. The houses along here date back mainly to the Georgian era, although one or two are older.

Boscastle harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville. It is the only significant harbour for 20 miles along the north Cornish coast. Boscastle was once a small port (similar to many others on the north coast of Cornwall), importing limestone and coal, and exporting slate and other local produce. But these days it is simply home to a handful of small inshore fishing boats and a couple of small pleasure craft. Tourism is the most important source of income.

Tags:   Cornwall Boscastle cobbles Valency Row Georgian buildings cottages cobbled lanes villages

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It's late in the afternoon and the winter sun has dipped behind the headland leaving one side of the village of Boscastle in shadow. Boscastle, which is a few miles north of Tintagel on the North Cornwall coast, has the only harbour for some 20 miles. It is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls dating from 1584. It was once a small port (similar to many others on the north coast of Cornwall) importing limestone and coal, and exporting slate and other local produce. But these days it is simply home to a handful of small inshore fishing boats and a couple of small pleasure craft. Tourism is by far the most important local industry.

The white building on the sunny hillside on the left of the picture is Grade II-listed and is a row of former fish cellars now converted into cottages and holiday lets. It dates from around 1800.

Tags:   Cornwall North Cornwall Cornish harbours villages River Valency Boscastle


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