On Sunday we went to Boscastle, a beautiful picturesque village and harbour with impressive cliffs to climb with amazing views and of course the pretty quaint village. Of course it is probably better known now for the terrible flash flood that hit it in August 2004 which caused extensive damage to the village. The rescue operation was the largest peacetime operation ever launched in the UK and many people were rescued via helicopters with no fatalities and only one minor injury.
As we walk down the through the village we admire the beauty of the village, and find it hard to marry up the devastating pictures of the flood and all the damage it caused which we saw in the visitor centre, with the beauty we see now.
However, once out on the edge of the harbour you can see just how powerful the sea is and can imagine the combination of rain, winds, and the river meeting the sea, just what is possible.
It was soooo windy, that we had to be careful not to be blown off the rocks and into the sea!
It wasn't very warm either!
We marvelled at this huge caterpillar and are curious to know what it turns into!
Walking up the coastal path, climbing over the turnstile.
It is still windy even up here sheltered by the hedges.
The cliff path took us to the Willapark headland and the ex-folly which is now used as a coast watch lookout.
We were a little worried about how windy it was, but the views were really spectacular as you can see behind us as we pose on the cliff tops.
Back down from the cliffs we find it is still quite windy, but a little bit more sheltered...
Hey Pinny, look this way!
We have a sit down before we have to head off back to the car. We imagine what it must have been like years ago being fisherman and living in the fisherman's cottages before electricity and all the mod cons we have today... We decide that we are lucky!