Discover Boscastle and the South West Coast Path
Melbourne Cottage is situated in Boscastle on the Cornish coast. It is a perfect base for exploring the South West Coast Path and the picturesque villages along the coastline.
The following is a selection of places and attractions you might want to visit while in Boscastle. We are happy to give you further recommendations for your stay, and the Boscastle Visitor Centre provides advice and material on various activities.
Please note that the distances shown below are as the crow flies, therefore distances by road will be longer.
Family beaches & surfing
The surfing beach of Polzeath and the family beaches of Rock and Daymer Bay, on the Camel Estuary, are just a short drive away. The large surfing beach of Widemouth bay and the holiday resort of Bude, are located just a few miles further east along the coast – approximately 20 min. by car.
Crackington Haven, with its popular sandy beach, is set in a sheltered cove, and only a few miles along the coast. Trebarwith Strand is a stunning beach which is very popular with families. The beach, which is completely covered at high tide, is only revealed as the tide recedes.
The legend of King Arthur
Tintagel is always popular – due to the ruined castle’s link to Camelot and the Arthurian Legends. The promontory castle, which is managed by English Heritage, is set on a clifftop and accessed by a small bridge that spans the gap between the rocky outcrop and the mainland. Tintagel is just a short trip down the coast from Boscastle.
Worth a trip
The village of Port Isaac and its much photographed harbour is located near Polzeath, just 7 miles from Boscastle. Port Isaac, of Doc Martin fame, is always busy, but it’s always worth a trip. Down at the heart of the village you can explore the narrow streets and the pretty harbour. All of the villages in this coastal strip are surrounded by stunning coastal walks.
Further down the coast, is the harbour town of Padstow. Padstow is another very popular holiday destination, with a pretty working harbour surrounded by narrow streets where you will find numerous gift shops, cafes and galleries. There are many local beaches in this area: Trevone, Harlyn and Constantine, to name a few.
Also in Padstow, you can find the Camel Trail, a cycle route leading down to Wadebridge and then onto Bodmin Moor. Bikes are available for rent in several places along the Camel Trail.