Boscastle is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions and places of interest both in the immediate area and further afield.
Within the village itself there is plenty of exploring to be done, on foot if you wish:
- Walk to the harbour area down the old Fore Street with its many picturesque houses and site of the old Bottreaux Castle
- Walk across to Forrabury Church and the cliff path
- Walk across to Minster church and follow the Valency valley down to the harbour, especially beautiful in the spring
- Visit the National Trust Regional Centre with many gift and present ideas, and the Tourist Office in the harbour area
- Visit the Witchcraft Museum and enjoy a Cornish cream tea in the various tearooms in the harbour area
- Have a meal out at the Napoleon Inn, close to the cottages, the Wellington, the Cobweb, or Riverside down in the harbour area serving lots of local fresh produce
- Join a singsong at the Welly (Wellington) or the Nappy (Napoleon)
North Cornwall offers some of the finest surfing/swimming beaches within a short drive.
Closest to hand are Trebarwith Strand (beyond Tintagel, just 12 minutes away), Widemouth Bay (close to Bude), Polzeath and Daymer Bay in the Camel Valley. Equally there are many small coves and beaches where few venture for example Lundy Bay, Bossinney Cove and two 'wild' beaches Tregardock (a low tide beach with a steep climb down near Trebarwith) and Strangles (a low tide beach with a steep climb down near Crackington)
Things to do a little further afield
The list here is endless! Remember you are in Poldark country - film locations in the 2015 remake of this popular series based entirely in Cornwall include St Agnes Head with scenes reminiscent of the height of the mining industry, St Breward on Bodmin Moor features Poldark's home Nampara, Porthcothan and the Camel Estuary around Padstow are also frequently in evidence and finally Charlestown a historic Grade II listed harbour and port for tall ships, are all within an easy drive of Boscastle and scenically very stunning.
Visit the old seaside town of Bude with its various beaches, golf course and rowboats for hire on the canal. Visit the Camel Valley - hire bicycles in Wadebridge and follow the old railway track to Padstow along the Camel estuary. Alternatively leave your car in Rock and take the ferry across to Padstow where you can choose to eat at one of Rick Stein's establishments, visit the LLobster Museum, or sit and watch the crowds go by with an ice cream in the sunshine. Join the 'in crowd' at Rock or Polzeath or visit the once buried St Enodoc church where John Betjeman is buried.
There are a number of country house properties to visit within an easy drive.
For those keen on walking in the steps of Rosamunde Pilcher, the Elizabethan Prideaux Place is at Padstow and Pencarrow House and Gardens, located between Wadebridge and Bodmin. In Bodmin have a ride on the old steam trains with the Bodmin and Wenford Railway, or visit Bodmin Jail (stay the night if you like) where hangings took place until 1909. Or continue on to Bodmin Moor and visit the illustrious Jamaica Inn, on which Daphne du Maurier's novel was based
Visit a National Trust property - Lanhydrock, Trerice, Trelissick Gardens, Tintagel Old Post Office, Cotehele, to name just a few favourites.
Visit the lost gardens of Heligan, near the pretty fishing village of Mevagissey. The Eden Project is but a 50 minute drive away, the brainchild of Tim Smit and one of the best know visitor attractions in Britain with plants and other species collected from all over the world.
Carry on down to Cornwall's south coast via Lamorna, well-known for its connections with the Newlyn artists and maybe take in a performance at the dramatic open-air Minack Theatre, carved out of the cliffs high above Porthcurno beach. Carry on to Land's End and you will have reached the end of the line!