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Boscastle - St. Juliot Circular Walk


14th April 2021

Leisurely Walk with Lunch at Boscastle Farm Shop
and a long stop at St Juliot

Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
13.0 5H50 327 327 12 165




16th April 2021

Faster walk with no stops

Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
11.22 3H00 339 339 12 165



The walk viewed as four segments

  From To Km Time Gain m Loss m Min m Max m
1 Boscastle Boscastle Farm Shop 2.26 0H41 105 36 12 99
2 Boscastle Farm Shop 90 deg Inland Point 2.43 0H48 145 106 16 154
3 90 deg Inland Point St Juliot 3.08 0H49 73 73 12 165
4 St Juliot Boscastle 3.2 0H39 16 16 12 141
      10.78 2H57 339 339 12 165



Cobweb Long Term car park, Boscastle Harbour

Leaving the carpark and heading to the harbour

The Cobweb Inn

Bridge House

Valency Row

Dating back to the 1600's, The Wellington Hotel (formerly called Bos Castle Hotel) was one of the
oldest coaching inns in north Cornwall and Thomas Hardy is reputed to have stayed there.


National Trust Shop and Harbour Lights Coffee Shop

The new bridge, built after the flood



Signpost to Pentargon

Sue, having been unreliably informed that the walk "is pretty flat" is ready for off!

A gentle incline !


Boscastle Harbour

Penally Terrace

Past Penally Terrace


Boscastle Harbour

There's always one!


Penally Flag pole




Looking back over the Jordan Valley and Boscastle

Slate wall

Slate bench




Sue at Pentargon

Pentargon Waterfall

Stile leading away from Pentargon viewpoint

Looking back to the stile and Pentargon

The path crosses a field along a granite wall. With cows with calves in this
field we took care not to disturb them.



Just off the path is a grassy track leading to Boscastle Farm Shop
(2.26 km and 41 minutes to this point with brisk walking)


Covid precautions still in place, but oh so nice to have lunch sitting in the sun!

The Cliff path skirting around Pentargon

Descending over steps

The path snaking up the other side



Sign indicating you are leaving Hillsborough

Beeny 0.5 Miles

The steps we had just come down from Hillsborough

Approaching Beeny Cliff






Coast path to Fire Beacon Point with optional route to the right


Looking ahead to the Beeny Cliff climb, the high point of the walk

About to climb Beeny Cliff

Looking back from whence we came


Sue resting at the high point. The bench is in dedication to the memory of Paul Heard (1944-1994)
and was provided by friends in the Cornwall Ambulance Service. Thank you, folks,
as the seat is a God send when you have just climbed Beeny Cliff.


Sue's favorite bit..... it was flat!


Heading inland


Reaching the tarmac road from the coast

The tarmac road goes past the road to Lower Beeny Farm (on the right) and Middle Beeny Farm.
Just after Middle Beeny Farm the path leaves the tarmac road and cuts across to Trebyla Farm.
It is easy to miss this path and I have given the two options below.

Middle Beeny




Route Detail Beyond Middle Beeny


The first time we did the walk we missed the path on the left and carried on along the road until we reached the B3263. (As shown by the red dots) This meant we had to turn left along the B3263 until we reached the entrance of Trebyla Farm. The stile is immediately opposite Trebyla Farm entrance.

As you come to the bend in the road just after Middle Beeny the designated path goes off to the left, as shown by the blue dots. However, as you reach this point and before you pass over the small stream there is a signpost indicating "Public Footpath" on the left. At first sight this appears to be the correct route, but it is not.

Just a few meters further and on the other side of the stream is another path which has been obscured by a galvanized gate. Presumably this has been done to deter walkers, but this is the path that you need to go up the hill to Trebyla Farm

This path leads up to a stile, and then into the area with caravan and camper stands







The path continues up steps and over a stile the other side of the
B3263 road opposite Trebyla Farm

Looking back to Trebyla farm and the way we had come

The guide notes suggest that after climbing over the style opposite Trebyla Farm you take
a trajectory at 11 o'clock as the path crosses the field and on towards St. Juliot church.
The path crosses 5 fields in all, over stiles and through a gate, and eventually emerges
by Penventon Farm

Stile 1

Stile 2

Stile 3

Gate leading to narrow path along the field leading to Penventon Farm


The final stile, near Penventon Farm, is a bit easier to climb over

Road leading to the Old Rectory on the right; this is not the most direct route to the church,
as it involves going down hill and then doubling back towards the church. Better to turn
left and go along the road at this point.

The Old Rectory

Past a house called "Endelstow"

At last, a glimpse of the church ahead

St. Julitta's Church, St. Juliot

Ancient stone cross on the north side of the church


Leaving the church by the south gate for the walk back to Boscastle along the Valency Valley

A second ancient stone cross


A last glimpse of the church



The ruins of Penventon Cottage





Detour over the footbridge for Minster Church


The valley opens out as you reach the car park at Boscastle

The weary walkers at Cobweb Inn after the walk