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Coastal Towns & Villages

BOSCASTLE

There's more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tearooms.
Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.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.

TINTAGEL

Tintagel is a marvellous experience of mystery, myth and magic - a place where kings rule and a legend lived. Be inspired by 2,000 years of history in the glorious setting of one of England's most stunning coastlines. You can see Atlantic breakers crash against the cliffs, and glimpse Merlin's cave as you climb the path to Tintagel Island. Explore the ruins of the 13th-century settlement of the Earls of Cornwall.

CRACKINGTON HAVEN

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Haven lies on the north coast just a few miles from Boscastle. Once a small harbour importing coal and limestone from Wales, which narrowly escaped industrial development in the 1800s, it is now a small unspoiled, almost secret, cove with something for everyone.
From the car park you can follow dramatic coastal walks to the north and south or take a wooded valley walk inland. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife whilst benefiting from the fresh air and health promoting physical activity.
Spend time exploring and relaxing on the beach which is pebbly at high tide yet reveals sand and interesting rock pools as the tide ebbs away; enjoy a paddle or catch a wave on your boogie board; observe the famous zig-zag folds and faults in rock formations formed millions of years ago, from black shale, sandstone and quartz veins.