Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk

Walking trail

Beginning in the picturesque seaside village of Boscastle, this walk explores the cliffs above Boscastle’s medieval harbour before heading inland across the Valency Valley and through peaceful woodland, alongside the meandering Valency River.

Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall


Map route for Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk


Boscastle car park, grid ref SX101912


Leave Boscastle car park and turn left. Follow the road down through the village to the riverside tarmac track, heading for the quayside in the harbour.

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Ascend the steps next to the breakwater and bear left onto the South West Coast Path. Here there are views of the Meachard, an island rock, where there are seabird colonies in summer.

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When the path splits, take the right-hand fork sign-posted Willapark. Follow a steep path to the Coast Watch Tower, then bear right as you descend and right again to rejoin the coast path.

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Bear left to follow the path around the Forrabury Stitches to St Symphorians church. Go through the churchyard where you will pass a medieval cross.

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On leaving the churchyard, turn left, go downhill then cross the main road. Go down the slip road opposite and turn right. Take the public footpath on the left near the top of the street just before the main road. Pass between a house and small pond with an aggressive gander! Go through the gate.


Turn left onto a path marked Home Farm and way-marked Minster Wood. Follow hedge on left and cross a stile. Take the faint track straight across the field. Go through the gap in the wall, to the gate in the corner of the field.


Pass through Cold Frame Orchard, exit via stile and keep left. Cross another stile then follow a faint track diagonally across the field to a gate, then take the track way-marked Valency Valley through Minster Wood.


Keep the Valency River on your left and, climbing now, follow the woodland path to Minster Church. Here you have the option to shorten the route: cross the stepping stones over the river, turn left and follow valley path to Boscastle.

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If you don't take the shorter route, then go through a kissing gate below the church and descend through Peters Wood to the footbridge, crossing the river.

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Turn left off the footbridge and follow the valley path back to Boscastle and the car park.


Boscastle car park, grid ref SX101912

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Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk


Coastal, woodland paths, includes steps, stiles, gates and a few short, but steep ascents. Option of a 3 mile (4.5km) shorter walk at point 8 on the map, which includes stepping stones over river. Dogs welcome, please keep under close control through farmland.

Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01840 250010



Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk

How to get here

Boscastle, Cornwall, PL35 0HD
By road

Boscastle can be found on the B3263 5 miles north of Camelford, 3 miles north east of Tintagel. Nearest trunk road A39 at Camelford.

By foot

South West Coast Path passes through Bude and then onto Boscastle.

By bus

First Kernow 95/96  from Bude; 584/594 from Wadebridge

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 to Wainhouse Corner, then 3 miles (5km) to start of walk along minor, quiet roads with some hills.

Boscastle and the Valency Valley walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome