Walk #84: Boscastle to Bude
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.
This makes a total distance of 15.2 miles, with 2208 feet of ascent and 2437 feet of descent.
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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