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Walks from Season One - Boscastle and the Valency Valley
Take a lovely 3½ mile walk following in the wake of the mighty floods which engulfed the harbour village of Boscastle and the Valency 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.

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A walk from Boscastle along the Valency Valley in Cornwall - Walks Around Britain Shorts
Walk Info
3½ miles (5.6km)
Minimum time
2½ hours
Total ascent
463 ft (141m)
Level of difficulty
Farm tracks & footpaths,
2 stiles / 2 bridges
Grid SX 09946 92147
Off leads through the Valency valley
P&D Car Park behind the Valency
Public Transport
Bus - 594/595 from Bude to
Boscastle Village /
National Trust Cafe in Harbour
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Route Directions

  • 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.

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Relevant Links

Valency Bed & Breakfast
Where Andrew stayed for the walk through the Valency valley and Boscastle.

Visit Boscastle and Tintagel
official tourism website for the area - an excellent first point of contact for visiting the area.

Boscastle Walking Week 2020

official website for the Walking Week, with all the info on this year's event.

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