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Bude is the last town in Cornwall before you hit Devon, historically a popular tourist destination, now more commonly known for its surfing beaches, such as Widemouth Bay. Bude Jazz Festival held in August is becoming an increasingly prominent event. Bude Canal is a lovely feature built in 1823 which remains today, once used to transport good to Launceston, which is 20 miles away.
Crackington Haven is situated between Bude and Boscastle a sheltered location more suited for surfing than swimming due to some particularly dangerous rocks. Slightly to the south is the highest sheer drop cliff in Cornwall at 735ft tall.
Boscastle is set in a narrow valley which unfortunately was its downfall in the summer flood of 2044 now fully restored a truly wonderful village to visit. A natural blowhole at the mouth of the harbour makes it fun in even the most adverse weather, a favourite retreat for Thomas Hardy and the setting of his novel ‘A Pair of Blue Eyes’. Boscastle has a wonderful witchcraft museum and plenty of pottery and gift shops.
Tintagel Castle famously linked with the myths of King Arthur, Merlin and Camelot-rumoured to be Camelford several miles inland. The village is very much orientated to the myths, with several gift shops and cafes. The Post Office a 14th Century property still remains adding character to the village making it well worth a visit.
Bodmin was once the county town of Cornwall. St Petrocs Church is the only Cornish entry in the Doomsday Book, later housed at Bodmin Jail during the First World War along with the Crown Jewels. The prison is now a museum open to the public.
Bodmin Moor is immortalised by Daphne du Maurirer and her novel ‘Jamaica Inn’ and has a small museum commemorating the author’s links to the area and Cornwall. Brown Willy is the highest point in Cornwall at 1300 feet, and you may well catch a glance of the Beast of Bodmin on your walks across the moorland.