The picturesque village of Boscastle lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Boscastle is extremely popular and well known, due to the village's medieval past and distinctive natural harbor. The harbor is now home to a number of small fishing boats and pleasure crafts, however believe it or not 100 years ago it was a thriving commercial harbor with goods coming in from Bristol and South Wales. There are opportunities for boat trips from the harbor along the coast to Long Island, or the possibility to go off shore to enjoy a few hours of fishing. The coastal waters are home to seals throughout the year, and during breeding season guillemots and puffins.
In the harbor, if you take the left hand path it will lead you to a lookout point, where the blow hole known locally as "The Devils Bellows" can be viewed. It is situated beneath Penal Point, and can be seen blowing in spectacular fashion an hour before or after low tide, when the conditions are right; a worthwhile site.
The village and surrounding area has a number of historic buildings and churches dating back to Norman times, which are well worth investigating. The ruins of Bouttreaux Castle lie above the harbor; the historic Forrabury Church sits on the hillside to the south of the village.
The village itself hosts to many a quaint pub, restaurant or tea room, where one can rest those weary feet and quench their thirst while enjoying a delicious meal. The historic Limekiln gives one a reminder of Boscastles industrial past. The Museum of Witchcraft is another iconic attraction, that opened its doors in 1961, still successful and one of the most popular museums in Cornwall.
There are a variety of walks in and around Boscastle which truly show the breath taking beauty of the area. In fact the walks in this area are so spectacular that a yearly event called the "Boscastle Walking Week" has been started, which attracts a large number of walkers from all over. One of many highlights of the walking week is "The Thomas Hardy Walk". This gentle walk takes you through some of the areas that had a profound effect on Hardy, his work and life.
Another popular walk is "The Boscastle Harbor Walk", a gentle stroll around the village, designed for all ages and fitness. This walk is loaded with great sea views and interesting wildlife, making it fun for the whole family.
For those who want a bit more of a challenge there is the "Boscastle and Valency Valley walk". This walk leads you into the cliffs above the harbor, before heading inland across the Valency Valley. The cliffs above the harbor are home to a large variety of birds such as kestrel, gannet and stone chat, making this a very popular walk for birders.
Boscastle also hosts an annual Food and Arts Festival that has become very popular and well known across Cornwall, some even say it is the biggest and best in Cornwall. Boscastle also has a Visitor Centre situated in the harbour with all the information you could need on the local area, as well as a gift shop to pick up the perfect souvenir.