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Walk #84: Boscastle to Bude


K32	Looking up the hill at Mineshop.
K34	Looking west towards the canal lock in Bude.
K32 Looking up the hill at Mineshop.
K34 Looking west towards the canal lock in Bude.

General Data

Date Walked 23/04/2000
County Cornwall
Start Location Boscastle hotel
End Location Bude B and B
Start time 09.15
End time 15.00
Distance 15.2 miles
Description This was a long road walk avoiding the coastal path.
Pack Today I carried my Craghoppers WP70 rucksack, without tent, sleeping bag or trangia.
Condition On the long pull up out of Boscastle my right foot started giving me trouble. I started alternately walking on the left and then the right hand side of my foot until Tresparrett Posts, when the pain subsided. Otherwise everything was okay all day.
Weather Until Higher Crackington it was a mixture of cloud and sunshine with occasional light drizzle. Because the wind was thankfully far less fierce than it had been for the previous two days I did not bother putting my coat on for the light drizzle showers. After Higher Crackington it started raining heavily, and this continued on until about half an hour before I reached Bude (strangely the same time that I heard that David Coulthard had just won the British GP), and a little bit of sun helped me dry out a bit.
OS map Landranger number 190 (Bude, Clovelly & surrounding area)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


I powered up the initial 242-metre climb from Boscastle with few problems bar a little trouble with my right foot. This was quite nice as it was a climb that had been quite worried about. This was then followed by a slow descent back to sea level (bar a couple of up-and-downs), and then upping and downing to and from sea level.

Bude has not really impressed me - it is a nice neat town, but is nonetheless slightly too touristy for my liking.

The B&B that I am staying in is nice, but unfortunately there are some noisy guests staying (along with their dogs) which made for a slightly restless night. I hate the fact that you can pay good money to stay in a reasonable B&B and have your sleep upset by other guests.

The weather today was disappointing; with a good start followed by a long period of rain. It looks very much as if tomorrow will also have lots of rain, and the YHA does not open until 17.00.


From Boscastle harbour head uphill to the northeast along the B3263 road. Shortly after you reach the 242-metre high point you descend slightly down into the little village of Tresparrett Posts.

From Tresparrett Posts turn left and head along the road to Higher Crackington. At Higher Crackington take the first right past the left-hand junction that leads to the hamlet of Sweet which leads northwards. Turning right and then left leads to a muddy unsurfaced lane that leads very steeply downhill to a stream at Mineshop.

Head uphill from Mineshop up into Tremeya. Cross a road into Coxford and head along into Dizzard. The road then continues on for a while before descending down to sea level at Millook.

Follow the road uphill from Millook and over Penhalt Cliff. Descend downhill into Widemouth Bay. From here it is simply a case of following the road northwards into Bude.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Boscastle hotel Tresparrett Posts 4.1 817 423
Tresparrett Posts Widemouth Bay 7.9 1089 1696
Widemouth Bay Bude 3.2 302 318

This makes a total distance of 15.2 miles, with 2208 feet of ascent and 2437 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #84
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I stayed at Fairview House, 8 Downs View, Bude, EX22 8RF (01288) 355059. It cost 15.50 a night. It was quite a nice B&B all told with some nice proprietors, but I was fairly unlucky in that the other guests were slightly noisy.

For more details of suitable accommodation in this area, please see the South West Coast Path Association's Annual handbook.


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