Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall, 12 Years After The Floods

The craggy Cornish coast is littered with tight rocky inlets and narrow river mouths. One of the most famous is at Boscastle, where the River Valency carves its confined route to the ocean.

Narrow entrance to Boscastle Harbour

Narrow entrance to Boscastle Harbour

Boscastle Harbour is a beautiful, rugged spot under the protection of the National Trust. In the summer it hums with visitors, but we were lucky enough to have it all to ourselves one wet morning last December.

Boscastle Harbour in December 2015

Boscastle Harbour in December 2015

In August 2004, Boscastle hit the headlines after terrible flash floods ripped through the lower village and harbour. The damage caused by this freak event was almost indescribable. Amazingly, although over a hundred people had to be rescued by helicopter amid the chaos, not one person was killed or seriously injured.

Boscastle during the 2004 floods (photo copyright Mark Pearson/REX)

Boscastle during the 2004 floods (photo copyright Mark Pearson/REX)

Over ten years on, Boscastle has been restored to its picture-postcard serenity. Today, walking beside the river to the breakwaters protecting the narrow harbour entrance from the unforgiving Celtic Sea, it’s hard to believe the destructive torrent that swept through this confined valley from the other direction, little more than a decade ago.

The building on the left is the one in the centre of the photo above

The building on the left is the one in the centre of the photo above

All the land between the river and the houses in the background was washed away during the floods

All the land between the river and the houses in the background was washed away during the floods

Most of the low lying ground in this photo has been restored since the floods

Most of the low lying ground in this photo has been restored since the floods

A narrow street in Boscastle

A narrow street in Boscastle

Today Boscastle is peaceful (if still damp)

Today Boscastle is peaceful (if still damp)

The harbour

The harbour

Boscastle Harbour is still picturesque, even on a dreary December day

Boscastle Harbour is still picturesque, even on a dreary December day

Boscastle Harbour inner breakwater

Boscastle Harbour inner breakwater

The outer breakwater from the inner

The outer breakwater from the inner

Mouth of the River Valency, just beyond the breakwaters

Mouth of the River Valency, just beyond the breakwaters

Me on the inner breakwater

Me on the inner breakwater

This post was inspired by the photo themes of Narrow from Ben of The Daily Post and Waterfront from Nancy Merrill Photography, not to mention my second contribution to Jo’s Monday Walk this week.

Out-take: it was a bit windy down on those breakwaters!

Out-take: it was a bit windy down on those breakwaters!

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17 Responses to Boscastle Harbour, Cornwall, 12 Years After The Floods

  1. restlessjo says:

    It reminds me very much of Glendinning in the Lake District, which suffered the same fate just days after our visit last November. It’s a beautiful spot and it’s good to see it restored to health, Jaspa. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Jaspa says:

      I was up in Cumbria visiting friends the week after I took these photos of Boscastle. The whole area was suffering terribly from the flooding at the time, especially around Cockermouth and Carlisle.

  2. Heyjude says:

    Oh, no poor Jaspa! I do hope you rescued him! And yes, Boscastle is very pretty, and even better in the sunshine. https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/boscastle-harbour-walk/

  3. Sue says:

    Where ever did those 12 years go….

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  5. Jasper, thanks for the wonderful images. It’s always great fun to read a tweet your adventure.

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  9. mukhamani says:

    So beautiful, I love your posts, they take me to different parts of the world, thank you 🙂

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