With its steep cobbled main street and picturesque harbour, Clovelly is one of THE essential Devon sights. Thanks to its private aristocratic owners, nothing architectural has changed here for almost 300 years.
Whitewashed flower-decked cottages tumbling down a gap in the cliff to a tiny harbour provide a unique glimpse of a west country fishing village from the pre-tourism era. Escape the crowds to find paths through steep wooded cliffs, period walled gardens, artists’ studios, boat trips to Lundy… and a slippery clamber over massive pebbles to find a photogenic waterfall along the cliffs to the east.
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A craggy inlet twists inland to a harbour where wonky cottages climb uphill from a cleft in the cliffs. Boscastle’s quirky appeal includes individual artists’ galleries, a spooky witchcraft tradition and a noisy blowhole spouting water through a gap in the cliffs. Superstitious villagers still call it ‘The Devil’s Bellows’.