Take a lovely 3½ mile walk following in the wake of the mighty floods which engulfed the harbour village of Boscastle and the Vallency Valley in 2004 - and discover how the area has been restored.
And wonder at the sheer beauty of only a tiny section of the mighty South West Coast Path.
Andrew was joined on the walk by Denise & John Tillinghurst, owners of the Vallancy Bed & Breakfast and John Garish, from the National Trust in the South West.
|3½ miles (5.6km)|
|463 ft (141m)|
Level of difficulty
|Farm tracks & footpaths, |
2 stiles / 2 bridges
Grid SX 098906
|Off leads through the Vallency valley|
|P&D Car Park behind the Valency |
|Bus - 594/595 from Bude to |
|Boscastle Village /|
National Trust Cafe in Harbour
Start at the pay and display Car Park behind the Valency Bed & Breakfast.
Follow the river to the west, and head out of the car park by the clearly defined path.
When the river is traversed by the stepping stones (see bottom picture on the right above), do not cross and continue on the east side of the river.
Head through the gate - remembering to close it once through.
At the bridge, cross the river to the far side.
Begin the ascent up St Peters' Wood with the river now on the right.
At the fork in the path, take to right fork, which steadily drops down again.
The hidden Minster Church is ahead, but look out for the gravestone of a certain witch on the left.
Follow the path towards the church and feel free to have a look inside at this fantastic building.
Leave the church grounds on the path which climbs to the level of the road. Make use of the barrer on the right if needbe.
At the roadside, turn right towards Boscastle.
Leave the road as it takes a turn to the left and climb a wall stile to take in a footpath marked by a sign to Boscastle.
Walk across the field which is part of the Jordan Valley.
At the end of the field, climb the stile and keep to the left path, instead of going straight on.
At the kissing gate, go through and make for the "Old Boscastle" sign.
Buildings are now on both sides and at the end of the lane, turn right to walk down through Old Boscastle's main street.
Around half way down through the village, take a right and then cross the main road - the B3266 - and head up the path to the right of the white house.
A footpath through the trees is almost opposite the white house and taking this opens out to Forrabury Common.
Follow the fairly well defined path towards the coast.
This path joins the mighty South West Coastal Path - and a right turn keeps onto the way back towards Boscastle.
The path delivers to Boscastle harbour, and from here a left turn along the main road and then crossing over it finds the car park.
Valency Bed & Breakfast
Where Andrew stayed for the walk through the Valency valley and Boscastle.
Visit Boscastle and Tintagel
The official tourism website for the area - an excellent first point of contact for visiting the area.
Boscastle Walking Week 2018
The official website for the Walking Week, with all the info on this year's event.