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.
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.
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.
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.
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