Boscatle Harbour, Penally point and Pentargon Cliff from Boscatle

This circular walk mostly using the South West Coast path explores Forrabury Stitches, Willapark and Penally Point which overlooks Boscastle Harbour. Then you will walk Pentargon Cliff and will take a panoramic path going back to Boscastle.

Technical sheet
No. 4104769
A Forrabury and Minster walk posted on 25/09/20 by charentimoy. Update : 09/02/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 6.82km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 215m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 215m
Highest point Highest point : 98m
Lowest point Lowest point : 2m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Forrabury and Minster
Starting point Starting point : N 50.685193° / W 4.695395°
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Boscastle Harbour and the Lookout Station From Penally Hill Boscastle Harbour River Valency Valley Penally Point from the Lookout Station


Park your car in Boscastle village (in Potters Lane for example).

(D/A) Head towards crossroads with Forrabury Hill and turn left. Go up for 100 metres and ascend the steep path which leads to Forrabury Church entrance gate.

(1) Go across the cemetery and go past the church on your right. At the end of the cemetery, bear left and go straight ahead in the open field when you join yellow arrows signpost. Turn right when you cross a grassy path on the right which goes down to the headland with the white Coastwatch you can see far away.

(2)Go through the gate and head to Willapark, an Iron Age cliff castle. The view next to the lookout station is impressive. Go back to the coastal down below past the gate.

(3) Descend the path for 300 metres ignoring others paths on your right and turn left leaving the coastal path which bends right. You join the sea wall. Walk the road along the harbour for 250 metres and cross the footbridge on your left. Go past "The Harbour Light" and follow "Coast Path to Pentargon 1 mile" on the left. Follow the driveway which joins the path past cottages.

(4) Before going up the steps on the right, head to Penally Point if you want to enjoy a gorgeous view of Boscastle Harbour. Retrace your steps and ascend this steep section leading to Penally Hill which is worth a look. Continue the path for almost one kilometre along the low wall until you reach Pentargon Cliff National Trust signpost.

(5) Leave the coastal path bearing right when you see "Boscatle 1/3 mile" yellow signpost. Walk the open meadow along the low wall. When you almost join Penally Hill (road), avoid the road walking the path along the hedge on you right. Go across another field next to the fence past a gate until you finally reach the road. Take immediately the panoramic path (yellow arrow) on the right before Boscastle signpost. You overlook the village and the River Valency until you reach again the footbridge.

(6) Cross it and follow "Coast path Willapark 13/ m" in front of you. Ascend the track, then go past Harbour Cottage and you join the path.

(7) Follow the path used at the beginning in the other way for 250 metres but go through the gate on the left (white arrow) before you reach again the Coastwatch Headland. Ascend the path in the open meadow until it levels and the view of the valley opens at the top. Then, bear right at the fork (kind of woodgate) and go straight across the field still following the white arrow heading to the church. Go past the cemetery on your right, go through the gate and go down the track which leads to Forrabury Hill. Descend the road on the left before you turn right in Potters Lane.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 83m - Boscastle village
1 : km 0.25 - alt. 96m - Forrabury Church
2 : km 1.05 - alt. 37m - Boscastle Coastwatch
3 : km 1.57 - alt. 21m - Coastal path
4 : km 2.74 - alt. 25m - Steps
5 : km 4.06 - alt. 61m - Pentargon
6 : km 5.34 - alt. 22m - Harbour Cottage
7 : km 5.91 - alt. 45m - White arrow past the gate
D/A : km 6.82 - alt. 83m - Boscastle village

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