Welcome to Boscastle
Nestled in the crook of a steep coombe (valley) at the confluence of three rivers, Boscastle's seafaring heritage stretches back to Elizabethan times. With its quaint cottages, flower-clad cliffs, tinkling streams and a sturdy quay, it's almost impossibly photogenic. But the peaceful setting belies some turbulent history: in 2004 Boscastle was hit by one of Britain's largest-ever flash floods, which carried away cars, bridges and buildings. Happily, the village has since been rebuilt, but look closely even now and you'll be able to spot reminders of the floods dotted around the village.