Boscastle is a small village on the north coast of Cornwall, lying 14 miles south of Bude and 5 miles northeast of Tintagel and was an ideal place to visit on our motorhome holiday road trip to Cornwall.
There is a large car park located right in the village so parking shouldn’t be too much of an issue. We parked right at the back which to be fair did take a little manouvering due to the length of the motorhome but was achievable without too much bother. We resisted the temptation to park in the spaces reserved for buses and coaches, of which we were obviously neither, but it would have made life a lot easier. Anyway we were glad we didn’t not only because we avoided the obvious ticket but also because by the time we had parked the motorhomes, coaches we’re turning up to this popular little location.
What we did
The picturesque village of Boscastle is a pleasant place to explore and spend a couple of hours on your motorhome journey. The long narrow valley, with its stream passing through the village, runs down to a steep and rocky entrance to the sea beyond. During our visit we decided to visit the Bostcastle gallery gift shop, Museum of Witchcraft and the little pottery as well as a little indulgence in lunch followed by coffee and cake. There are a few little places to eat or get a snack and all looked exceptionally good.
Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
The Museum of Witchcraft was the creation of Cecil Williamson, whose interest in witchcraft and magic began in childhood.
‘Three miles away from this spot you can find this pre-historic maze stone carved into a living rock face, proof that from ancient times man and his magic making with the world of spirit were active in this area. The centuries have passed and times have changed and yet all around us in this quiet corner of England there is a strange feeling that we are not alone and that the shades of persons passed on and over into the world of spirit are very close. That is why this Museum of Witchcraft is located here. One is standing on the edge of the beyond.’Cecil Williamson (Source www.museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk)
The museum has many interesting exhibits and you can easily take your time, wander around and read the history behind the practice of witchcraft through time. Oh and there’s also plenty of space for parking your broomstick if that applies to anyone you’re travelling with ?
This small artisan family owned pottery and gallery had some lovely, unique items that will be hard to resist whether you’ve intended to go in and buy or were “just looking around”.
If you’re lucky enough you may see the potter in action, creating these pieces that may be utilitarian or artistic or in many cases both. Either way this pottery with it’s friendly shop is located in a lovely little building and is again worth a visit.