The Valency Valley near Boscastle in Cornwall will forever be linked with Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma, whom he met at St Juliot rectory in 1870.

Take home a reminder of your visit to Boscastle or relax in our café at the heart of the harbour.

Follow in the footsteps of the famous novelist Thomas Hardy by talking the path through the woods up the valley to St. Juliot’s Church. See the Old Rectory where Hardy stayed and met his sweetheart Emma whilst he was an architect working on the church tower.

Walking around the historic fishing village of Boscastle is a pleasure, follow one of our walking routes to make the most of this stunning stretch of coast.

The National Trust Visitor Centre has an extensive gift shop, tea rooms and the usual visitor information such as maps of the area and non expensive walking trail leaflets.

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In addition, overlooking the River Valency, the Riverside's restaurant and tea garden is a great spot to relax with family and friends. We offer teas, coffees, lunches, cakes, homemade Cornish cream teas and evening meals.

The Valency Valley is a beautiful, heavily wooded valley near Boscastle in Cornwall. The Valency river runs through it and is home to a variety of wildlife.

This Cornish headland is an area of exceptional beauty. Read about why this stretch of coast is so important, and why we’re so excited to have made a bid to buy and protect it for ever.

Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you'll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots - once made famous by Thomas Hardy.

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The name of the village comes from Botreaux Castle (pronounced "But'ry"),[4] a 12th-century motte-and-bailey fortress, of which few remains survive. The castle was anciently in the possession of the de Botreaux family, which became under William de Botereaux (1337–91) the Barons Botreaux.

The area also has a number of gorgeous churches, most dating from Norman times and there are plenty of good walks into the beautiful countryside that start in the village.

Discover more about Boscastle harbour, a natural inlet in an inaccessible part of Cornwall.

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The effects were homes, businesses and cars belonging to more than 1,000 people were swept away; income from tourism was lost, which affected livelihoods and the local economy; there were vast numbers of subsequent insurance claims; no lives were lost, partly due to the rapid response of the emergency services.

There's more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.

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The famous witchcraft museum is high on the list of attractions as are the boat trips out of the harbour and the National Trust visitor centre.

Boscastle Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1907. The club continued until the mid-1920s.[11]

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There are plenty of interesting shops and art galleries with the emphasis on quality, selling everything from clothes, gifts, original paintings, pottery and freshly caught shellfish. Boscastle is also a thriving village with many local amenities, businesses and craftsmen.

A perfect place to stay and explore. Boscastle is a friendly fishing village with a natural harbour, boasts all types of accommodation from Bed and Breakfast (B&Bs), excellent hotels, self-catering cottages, camping and a youth hostel.

Magnificent beaches, rocky coves, castles, woodland and moorland are just a short drive away.

For many years, Boscastle has had a Witchcraft Museum, with a ghoulish mixture of exhibits. This was severely damaged by the floods, but will soon be up and running once again. There is also a pottery in the village in addition to several gift shops. Following the footpath to the left of the quayside will take you to the Lookout, one of the most wonderful vantage points from which to see the rugged coastline. Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust.

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

In 2004 British television channel BBC 2 began broadcasting A Seaside Parish, a weekly series focusing on the life of the newly appointed Rector of Boscastle, Christine Musser.[7]

Boscastle was flooded again on 21 June 2007 although the scale of destruction was not nearly as serious as in 2004.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid* — an extra 25 per cent — potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

The village of Crackington Haven is a fantastic place for lots of different countryside pursuits.

Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust, including both sides of the harbour, Forrabury Stitches, high above the Boscastle and divided into ancient "stitchmeal" cultivation plots, and large areas of the Valency Valley, known for its connections to Thomas Hardy.


Boscastle, which we help to look after, suffered devastating floods in August 2004 but within days the village was getting back on its feet and working towards rebuilding the community.

Explore the area around Boscastle, from wooded valleys to cliff top walks, there's lots to see on foot.

The village, with its picturesque harbour, is a popular tourist destination. Among the attractions are the Museum of Witchcraft,Uncle Paul's Emporium, the Boscastle pottery shop, and access to the South West Coast Path.

Food and drink lovers can indulge their taste buds with from a choice of traditional pubs, restaurants, tea rooms, farm shop and cafes, many ‘award winning’. All serving first class locally sourced delicious food and traditional specialities.

Willapark is a bold coastal promontory 317ft high, overlooking Boscastle harbour. The Forrabury Stitches sit alongside it.

The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms.

Stay with us in Boscastle, there are lots of options available to suit your party.