I’ve done it! I’ve ticked the first item off my Cornwall bucket list!
And where better place to start than at the top of the list with item number 1: visit Boscastle and the Witchcraft museum.
Boscastle fascinated me for a number of reasons. I felt drawn there and I can’t really explain why. Without getting all mystical, it has a sense of magic that dates back to ancient times. There’s even proof in the rock carvings in nearby Rocky Valley and explains why there’s a Museum of Witchcraft in the centre of the village.
Then there’s the floods of 2004. I remember watching the news that Summer in shock as 150 billion litres of water flooded the village, sweeping away cars, buildings and trees. Yet miraculously, no one died or was seriously injured. I wanted to see how Boscastle looked now, understand more about what caused the devastation and how the community pulled together.
It was also a great opportunity to catch up @surferfred and his family who I met for a surf in Saunton a couple of years ago. They were staying at a nearby campsite so catching up and visiting Boscastle was a perfect combination!
Seeing Boscastle today, it’s hard to believe the devastation of 12 years ago. The cobbled streets, stone buildings and picture postcard fishing harbour shows very little proof, except for the markers on various buildings showing the alarmingly high peak water level. The video in the National Trust, including footage from residents and the search and rescue teams show how frighteningly fast the water plowed through the valley. Yet Boscastle survived, and even the Harbour Light tea room which was swept away (and had stood for 300 years), was rebuilt and sits pretty next to the river.
The Witchcraft Museum was a real eye opener. I have always had a curious interest in the occult and the museum covered every aspect – from the history of witchcraft to Halloween, voodoo, the mystic power of the sea and everything in between, it’s worth a visit. You can even get your fortune read via the Victorian penny machine. Mine, which showed ‘The Moon’ told me to be wary of change but I’m pretty sure I’ve had my fair share of that over the past 9 months! I also need to be guided by my intuition and take note of my dreams apparently!
Creepy, but fascinating!
Then there’s the views over Boscastle harbour and beyond. I could have stood on Penally Point for hours, soaking in the dramatic views of the Atlantic. Words just don’t do it justice so here’s a few snaps instead:
And for food on the go and on a budget, Boscastle Bakery serves some of the best Cornish pasties I’ve tasted. Their range of cakes are amazing too – I was spoilt for choice but settled on Earl Grey (my favourite tea!) and lemon drizzle. Other options if you are prepared to brave the queues include the Harbour Light and National Trust tea rooms.
If you’re looking for a day out away from the crowded beaches with some amazing views, quaint streets and a bit of history, Boscastle is definitely worth a visit!