Self-Guided Walking Boscastle

Holiday Overview

Our self-guided walking holiday at Boscastle harbourside village is an idyllic way to explore the rugged North Cornwall coastline. With the inlet of Crackington Haven to the north and the mythical Tintagel Castle to the south there is lots of variety here, Port Isaac is only a short journey away too, so TV’s Doc Martin fans can take a stroll around the filming locations or take a guided tour.

There are choices of walks and distances from 3 mile village trails to 12 mile coastal hikes and good bus connections that allow you to walk in either direction along the coast path or return early should you wish. All have been researched by our local expert who will be happy to offer advice both before and during your stay.

Package Highlights

  • Vibrant coastal village with lots of local charm to explore
  • Interesting flexible walks to choose each day
  • Detailed walking route information cards and maps
  • Charming 3 Star Hotel accommodation
  • Unlimited support and advice throughout
  • Free Travel planning service

Read about the walks...

Walks Information

After booking we provide detailed walking route guides by email for you to ponder and plan your options ahead of your holiday, then waiting at the Hotel will be hard copies and maps for you to use on the walks.

Our self-guided walking holiday is totally flexible so you can choose which walks to enjoy each day and we can help you with any questions that may arise.

Valency Valley, Minster and Boscastle Village

2.6 miles - moderate

Ideal for day of arrival, a short circular walk from Boscastle Harbour along the River Valency then up through woods to the Norman church at Minster, returning to explore the higher village, oldest pub and pretty cottages.

Boscastle to Tintagel Castle

5.5 or 11 miles - moderate

From Boscastle Harbour the coast path south takes you to the Lookout and then along some stunning coast, seabirds nesting on near-shore islands so ideal for bird watching, then onto Rocky Valley and a chance to visit Tintagel Castle. It is so pretty you might want to simply walk back to enjoy it again, otherwise there is a bus.

Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand

3 miles - easy to moderate

Tintagel Church is the start point, perched on the cliff above the castle, along the dramatic cliffs of former slate quarries to Trebarwith a tiny port with sandy beach at low tide, returning along ancient workers trails back to the start. Add this to the previous walk to make a very full day.

Crackington Haven to Boscastle

7 miles - moderate to strenuous

A short bus ride along the coast to the pretty inlet of Crackington Haven then joining the coast path to High Cliff (highest in Cornwall), passing a large wild seal colony, cliff waterfall, through a cliff-side slate quarry and back to Boscastle.

Port Isaac Fishing Village

1 or 3.3 miles - moderate

Drive or take a taxi (£30 return) to Port Isaac to explore the location for TV's hit series Doc Martin. Either stroll down the hill to the village to see the cottages and shops used in filming or explore further taking in a wider walk of the area with stunning views over the village.

Read about the accommodation...


The Wellington Hotel is situated at the head of Boscastle Harbour and is one of the oldest coaching inns in Cornwall dating back to the 16th Century offering a warm welcome for our walking guests.

With 14 elegant bedrooms, the Hotel is just the right size to present a nice friendly atmosphere. It has a lively bar area with folk music nights and also a quiet residents lounge where you can relax and read.

The staff are mostly local people who are passionate about the area and delivering excellent care to our guests which is born out by the Hotel's reviews.


Tastefully decorated to echo the tradition of this historic Hotel there are single, double and twin rooms available all with en-suite bathrooms, with walk-in shower or bathtubs and shower fittings.

The beds are dressed with crisp cotton linen over non-allergenic duvets and pillows, fresh luxurious towels are provided and bathrobes are available on request.

In the room are complementary facilities to make hot drinks, bottled water and tasty Cornish biscuits, also wireless internet access, television and a telephone for your convenience.


Included in our package is a sumptuous breakfast with lots of choice including the Cornish breakfast for those with a larger appetite, ideal to set you up for a full days walking.

We provide you with suggested stops for lunch on the walks at pubs, teashops and cafes or you may choose to pick up a Cornish Pasty from the village bakery to take with you.

In the evening, the Wellington Hotel offers a choice of dining either informally in the bar or the Waterloo Restaurant can provide a more tranquil setting and holds a double AA Rosette award. Both offer high quality meals using locally sourced ingredients prepared by the same passionate chefs.

There are also other eateries and pubs in the village if you fancy a change of scene so you are free to choose.

Read about this location...

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Location & Travel

Boscastle on the North Cornwall coast boasts a beautifully compact ancient harbour with stone cottages rising along lanes to the site of the Norman castle sheltering amongst the wooded river valleys. Traditional pubs and tea rooms are in no short supply and you can spend hours wandering the village and chatting with locals.

Travelling by Car

Leave the M5 at Exit 31 taking the A30 towards Bodmin then A395 towards Camelford, at the A39 turn left then right onto B3266 to Boscastle. Exeter 1hr, Bristol Airport 2hrs 15mins, London Heathrow 3hrs 45mins.

Travelling by Train

Bodmin Parkway is the nearest rail station with hourly trains from London, Exeter, Plymouth, Truro and Penzance, from here you can continue by bus 2hrs 15mins or taxi 40mins. Exeter 1hr 40mins, London Heathrow 4hrs 40mins.

Travelling by Bus

Boscastle has a regular bus service from Bodmin Parkway via Wadebridge taking 2hrs. There is also a coastal bus service to Bude 45mins making it an ideal next stop on your tour.

Travelling by Air

Cornwall Newquay Airport has connecting flights from London Gatwick 1hr 5mins and London Stansted 1hr 15mins (spring/summer) then by taxi 45mins. From London Heathrow continue by train to Bodmin and then bus or taxi.

For more information and assistance planning your travel please contact us as we will be happy to help.

Read about prices & booking...

Prices & Booking

3 Nights from £259 or 4 Nights from £339 per person sharing a double or twin room. Single rooms are also available.
Includes Hotel accommodation with breakfast, walking route guides and maps, local support throughout your holiday.

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