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Boscastle (Hotels in Boscastle Click Here)
Boscastle harbour, despite being a narrow and tortuous inlet, is one of the few natural harbours for refuge and trade to be found along Cornwall’s forbidding north coast, and as such it has had a long and busy history. Until the 1890s there was a regular import trade in coal, limestone, ironwork and general merchandise, with 200 ships calling in one year and cargoes of timber coming directly to Boscastle from Canada. Local slate, china clay and oats were the main exports. Today the National Trust owns the harbour and much of the dramatic coastline to either side. Look out for the famous blowhole, known as the Devil’s Bellows, below Penally Point. which is active for about an hour on either side of low water.

Bridge House - Boscastle - 01840 250011
Higher Pennycrocker Farm - Boscastle - 01840 250488
Home Farm B & B - Boscastle - 01840 250195
June Siford B & B - Boscastle - 01840 250453
Lower Meadows House - Boscastle - 01840 250570
S.W & C.R Nicholls - Boscastle - 01840 250545
St. Christopher's Hotel - Boscastle - 01840 250412
The Old Coach House - Boscastle - 01840 250398
The Riverside - Boscastle - 01840 250216
The Wellington Hotel - Boscastle - 01840 250202

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Breage
Pronounced to rhyme with ‘Haig’, and sometimes to rhyme with ‘league’ the village of Breage is renowned above all for the mediaeval wall paintings in its sturdy granite church. Soon after its completion in 1466, the church’s limewashed walls and window splays were painted with a series of figures, including St Christopher and Christ of the Trades, which today loom vaguely at you out of the gloom in softly dappled colours. They are thought to be the work of monks who travelled the country decorating churches in this way as a form of religious education. They have survived being painted over countless times since the Reformation, the final coat of emulsion having been applied as late as 1950.

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Bude (Hotels in Bude Click Here)
Bude developed in the last century as an agricultural trading port, serving the large, remote, rural area around it, and, in late-Victorian and Edwardian times, as a genteel holiday resort. It was linked to the inland farming communities by the 35 miles of the Bude Canal, built between 1819 and 1826. Today Bude is a popular family resort and surfing centre, famed for its beaches. The Bude Surf Life Saving Club, formed in 1953, was the first of its kind in the country. Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, inventor of the earliest steam road-locomotive amongst other extraordinary things, built the small castle by the canal entrance which is now council offices.

Bay View Inn - Bude - 01288 361273
Camelot Hotel - Bude - 01288 352361
Coombe Barton Inn - Bude - 01840 230345
Fairway House - Bude - 01288 355059
Grosvenor Hotel - Bude - 01288 352062
Hartland Hotel - Bude - 01288 355661
Kisauni - Bude - 01288 352653
Links Side Guest House - Bude - 01288 352410
Lower Tresmorn Farm - Bude - 01840 230667
Mr Ramos - Bude - 01288 355310
Old Orchard - Bude - 01288 355617
Roger J.C Anthony - Bude - 01840 230276
Sea Jade Guest House - Bude - 01288 353404
Stratton Gardens Hotel - Bude - 01288 352500
Sunrise Guest House - Bude - 01288 353214
Tee-Side Guest House - Bude - 01288 352351
The Hotel Penarvor Ltd - Bude - 01288 352036

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Cadgwith
One of Cornwall’s loveliest villages, Cadgwith is crammed with cottages built of rough lumps of serpentine – the gloriously variegated local stone – and roofed in thatch. Such a concentration of thatched roofs is a rarity in Cornwall, where slate has been in general use for so long. Cadgwith has a long history of pilchard fishing, crabbing and smuggling, and a lifeboat was stationed here until 1961. The bright-painted boats on the beach, the wires, chains, blocks and winches and the tell-tale smell of fish about the place are reminders that there is still a small fishery here, catching mostly crabs and lobsters.

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