Willapark is a small white tower that perches above the steep cliffs near Bosastle. Originally built as a folly, it now serves as a base for the local volunteer coastwatch.
There’s a short circular walk that takes in the Willapark, the Forrabury church, and the Stitches – Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s about a mile and a half with some steep parts.
- Start at the Wellington pub in the village.
- Walk up the steep hill past the pub until you see a slip road that cuts back sharply to your right.
- Ascend the slip road to the main road.
- Cross the main road carefully, and take the road more or less straight ahead of you.
If you prefer a gentler slope on even ground, keep going along the road until you reach the church.
If you’re happier with off-road walking, look out for a signpost to ‘Coast Path’ to your right. It will lead you up a short steep stretch of path and through a kissing-gate into an open field. Go straight ahead along the left-hand edge of the field to reach the church.
- When you’ve seen enough of the church, cross the churchyard and take the gate in the corner furthest from the road.
- Turn left to follow the path alongside open fields towards the sea.
- The fields are the ‘Stiches’, still farmed using the mediaeval method of strip farming.
- As you get nearer to the sea, the path goes downhill somewhat to the right. Turn right to follow the cliffs.
- If you’re feeling energetic, leave the path to walk steeply uphill to the Willapark.
- Once you’ve seen enough of the Willapark, come back to the path and continue along, around and down towards Boscastle Harbour.
- You will emerge above the Blowhole in the harbour. If you’re lucky and the tide and weather are working properly, it can be quite spectacular. If not, it’s still a good view across the narrow rocky harbour.
- Keep following the path along the shore and alongside the harbour.
- The path will lead you back into the village past the Harbour Light shop, or cross the little bridge for more shops and two tearooms.