Walk - Minster Wood & the Boscastle Floods
3.6 miles (5.8 km)
Boscastle Car Park - PL35 0HE Boscastle Car Park
Moderate - Coastal and woodland paths, with steps, stiles, gates, and a few short sharp ascents. Dogs welcome but please keep them under close control whilst walking through farmland.
After a high walk along the cliffs bordering the ancient fields of Forrabury, this short walk heads inland through the Minster Wood, where medieval monks once managed the trees, before returning along the Valency Valley. In 2004 these steep-sided valleys around Boscastle funnelled 440 million gallons of water through the village in the space of five hours, causing devastating flooding that triggered the UK's largest-ever peacetime rescue operation. Look out for kestrels and peregrines above the cliffs, and gannets and cormorants on the rocks below. A good walk in autumn, when the trees start to turn. Older children will be fascinated to see how the shape of the landscape caused the dramatic flooding in 2004, and to see the things put in place to prevent it happening again.