The picturesque harbour of Boscastle is situated between high cliffs, the rivers Valency and Jordan twist their way dramatically into the tiny harbour. It is the only natural harbour along this 80.5km stretch of coastline. In Victorian times it was a thriving port but today this sheltered inlet and natural unspoilt village is managed by the National Trust.
In the south Boscastle is guarded by the imposing cliffs of Willapark with its white washed lookout tower on the headland, it is also the site of an Iron Age fort. Just inland from Willapark is a rare medieval farming system known as ‘the Forrabury Stitches’. This method of crop rotation dates back to Celtic times and is one of the best three surviving examples in Britain today.
On the north side the headland is Penally, the blow –hole in Penally Point is known as the Devil’s Bellows, when the tidal and sea conditions are right it throws a spectacular spout of spray across the harbour entrance.
The Valency Valley runs inland from the harbour, its deep woods, river, bluebells and dense greenery contrasts with the rugged coastline. Here you can walk in the footsteps of the young Thomas Hardy; it is at the peaceful church of St Juliot that he met his future wife Emma.
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