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Nov
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Arthurian legends, Smugglers and Wreckers. (33659)

Event Overview

Join us for an autumnal weekend in the historic and picturesque fishing village of Boscastle, with its medieval core and distinctive harbour it is one of Cornwall’s most stunning locations.

Whether your interest be breath-taking cliff top walks, visits to museums/potteries/galleries, exploring ruined castles of Arthurian legend or extreme sports; you won't be left wanting here.

Tales of smugglers, wrecking, sorcery and witchcraft abound; steeped in history, countless authors and artists have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty.

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Join us for an autumnal weekend in the historic and picturesque fishing village of Boscastle, with its medieval core and distinctive harbour it is one of Cornwall’s most stunning locations.

Whether your interest be breath-taking cliff top walks, visits to museums/potteries/galleries, exploring ruined castles of Arthurian legend or extreme sports; you won't be left wanting here.

Tales of smugglers, wrecking, sorcery and witchcraft abound; steeped in history, countless authors and artists have been inspired by its remoteness and rugged beauty.

With a focus on the stunning natural beauty of the area, the weekend will be aimed at all ability/fitness levels with something for everyone, details of the led activities will be published in due course.

Looking for a more substantial break? See the "longer break" tab below to make the most of the journey here.

Itinerary

Friday Evening

·         17:00 Arrive, Register, Mingle

·         20:00 Buffet, Welcome Meeting, Ice-Breaker

Saturday

·         08:00 Breakfast (Cereal/Toast - included in price)

·         09:00-17:00 Day Activities: Hiking and other options (Own lunch)

·         20:00 Dinner (3 course, expect simple but healthy/fresh - included in price)

Sunday

·         08:00 Breakfast (Cooked - included in price)

·         09:00-15:00 Short hike & a lunch stop before saying farewells

Those seeking a longer break see "Longer Break" tab below.

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What to bring

Please bear in mind that the weather here can be unpredictable and it could be very cold and windy. The weather can change rapidly, so be prepared! You will need a towel, washing kit and clothes to wear about the hostel.

If you are unsure about anything please message the Event Leader.

Food & Drink

Friday night: Please bring at least one item for the buffet. This should be no more than enough for a maximum of 2 to 3 people to share.

Saturday breakfast: Included in the event cost.

Saturday lunch: Please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday dinner: Included in the event cost.

Sunday breakfast: Included in the event cost.

Sunday lunch: We will visit a pub - own cost.

Tea & coffee: Included throughout the weekend.

Other drinks: Please bring your own.

Meeting & Times

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The Area

Despite suffering extensive flood damage in 2004, Boscastle (Kastel Boterel in Cornish) has been entirely restored to its former Elizabethan glory.

The village's medieval harbour and village lie hidden in a steep sided valley. This natural harbour on the North Cornwall coastline was created by the confluence of three rivers. It's a great base for exploring the nearby moorlands, sheltered wooded valleys and coastal footpaths offering magnificent views into the Atlantic Ocean.

Boscastle is famed for its stunning coastline, which is littered with hidden churches and the ruins of castles. There are more than the odd legend surrounding these ruins, many of them about King Arthur. There is also a strong tradition of witchcraft in the area, and not far from our accommodation, is the world's largest witchcraft museum.

The modern village of Boscastle contains cafés, a cash machine, small shops and several pubs.

Accomodation

A lovely spot in a steep-sided valley on the rugged north Cornwall coast, this National Trust-owned rural retreat is right on the harbour edge.

Here, on your Cornish coast break, you can sit and watch this pretty, bustling fishing village come to life during the day and return to a sleepier pace in the evenings.

A total of 24 beds sleeping up to 28 people due to double beds. Rooms arranged in:
- 1x 5 bedded room (3 singles and a bunk bed),
- 1x3/4 bedded room (A double bed and bunk bed),
- 1x 2/3 bedded room (Double bed with single bed over the top),
- 1x 6 bedded room (All single beds),
- 1x 5/6 bedded room (Double with a single over the top plus bunk bed),
- 1x 3/4 bedded room (Double with single over the top plus another single bed)

I will take room requests into consideration from mid-October onwards. Precedence will be given to those with special needs (disability/illness), requests from couples and/or close friends being co-located can be considered if it doesn't impede on the group. Ultimately it is dependent on numbers and the needs of the group as a whole.

Directions

By public transport: Take the train to Bodmin Parkway and then bus 555 to Wadebridge and then bus 594 to Boscastle. Get off the bus at the Bridge and then walk on the B3263 towards the harbour alongside the river. The hostel is the last building on the right hand side at the top of the slipway.

From Bristol & the East: Leave the M5 at junction 31 and take the A30 signposted Bodmin. Leave the A30 at the junction with the A395 signposted Wadebridge. At the junction with the B3262 turn right signposted Bude and at the A39 turn right signposted Bude. At the junction with the B3263 turn left signposted Crackington Haven and Boscastle. Follow the B3263 into Boscastle and down to the harbour. The hostel is on the right hand side of the harbour and is the last building on the right at the top of the slipway behind the Harbour Light.

From Plymouth & the South: Leave the A38 at the roundabout with the A388 signposted Callington and then Launceston. At the junction with the A30 turn left signposted Bodmin. Leave the A30 at the junction with the A395 signposted Wadebridge. At the junction with the B3262 turn right signposted Bude and at the A39 turn right signposted Bude. At the junction with the B3263 turn left signposted Crackington Haven and Boscastle. Follow the B3263 into Boscastle and down to the harbour. The hostel is on the right hand side of the harbour and is the last building on the right at the top of the slipway behind the Harbour Light.

A Longer Break?

Why not make a longer break of it and book yourself in some extra nights either at Boscastle/Tintagel YHA's, a local B&B or if you are a Vanner one of the nearby Caravan Parks (Trewethett Farm, Headland C&C).

Options include:

  • Visit to Tintagel Castle
  • Trip to Port Issac
  • Cliff Top walks around Crackington Haven or Trebarwith Strand

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Event Reference No:
33659