Boscastle is a really pretty little town just to the north west of Tintagel. I first heard of the town when it was practically washed away in a flood in 2004. Since then the town has been rebuilt and repaired, with the only evidence of the flooding being the signs on some of the rebuilt buildings.
The main car park was strangely busy for a Tuesday in late September, we crawled around and were about to leave when a car reversed out of a space just in front of us. I'm not a big fan of busy places, but strangely the town itself wasn't actually that busy, which was good. The town was really pretty, it was the first day of really good weather last week and we walked along the river and Alf had a run around in the water.
The main reason I wanted to visit Boscastle was to go to The Museum of Witchcraft, the world's largest collection of witchcraft related items. It's pretty much the main attraction, other than the town itself. I have a longstanding interest in witchcraft and the occult, and really enjoyed the museum. There are so many exhibits to look at, with a lot of signs to read and information to take in, definitely enough to get your moneys worth! The museum was also badly flooded in 2004, and there are signs and markers throughout the ground floor showing the water levels, most of which are at least waist high.
What made the museum even better was that is was another place where we could take Alf in with us, which is always going to be worth bonus points in my book.
|View towards Boscastle Harbour|
|Having lunch in a cafe that was completely destroyed in the flooding|
|The Museum of Witchcraft (the green sign to the right of the door shows the flood level)|
|Strapped Human Skull in The Museum of Witchcraft|
|A chair used to identify witches by weighing them against a Bible|
Trebarwith Strand is a beautiful beach just to the south of Tintagel. The pictures will probably speak from themselves for this one. It was a beautiful day when we visited but as it was September it still wasn't too busy. Near the beach are some shops and a little cafe where we stopped in for lunch and made the most of the great weather by sitting outside. It's definitely a good beach for surfing, there were lots of surfers around and in the water enjoying the waves, plus there were shops selling surf equipment and a surf school.
|Walk down to Trebarwith Strand|
|Alf explores the pools|
|Inside the cave|
This is another one where the pictures are going to be more important than anything I write. The steps and beach are beautiful, although getting down to the beach involves tackling a lot of very steep and slightly precarious stairs. However, you can still admire the beach and Bedruthan steps from the clifftops without venturing down the stairs. As the sea in the area is dangerous with strong currents, entering the water is not allowed, which means the beach was very empty, which made it even more beautiful in my opinion. In some ways it looks like a bit of an alien lanscape, with the mussel covered rocks and deep blue pools, I'm not sure I've seen anywhere like it.
The cliff tops are owned by the National Trust, who also operate the car park and have a small tea room and shop.
|Bedruthan Steps and beach from the clifftop|
|One of the steps at beach level|
|Alf and I exploring|
|Alf and Pete playing on the empty beach|
Bodmin Jail was another place that allowed dogs, so we wanted to visit just because of that really. Supposedly it's haunted, and has been featured on Britains Most Haunted, or something like that. They even do ghost tour nights sometimes. It was interesting but was a bit overpriced in my mind. The exhibits are mostly about former prisoners and their crimes and punishments, but they all seemed a bit amateurish to me, with simple laminated signs and poorly constructed manequins.
The Arthurian Centre and King Arthur's Rock, Slaughterbridge
The combination of Arthurian legend and dog friendliness put this one up on our list of must-see attractions. Going in September meant it was almost deserted, with only 2 other cars in the car park. Overall, I found the place a bit strange. The indoor exhibit was a bit amateurish, mostly consisting of home printed signs and a video playing in one corner. Outside there are a selection of sites to visit, included a handful of old houses that have been excavated in a field, a battlefield where King Arthur fought in the legend and a large stone with carvings that are purportedly linked to Arthur. If you're interested in the King Arthur legend then it's worth a visit, it's not amazing and some of the links to Arthur are a little far fetched, but it was cheap and a nice excuse to walk around the Cornish countryside on a sunny day.
That isn't quite everything we got up to while we were away, but that's probably enough Cornwall for now!
Holidays are much more fun to go on than to write about.
Thank you for reading,