Boscastle is an old fishing village set in a steep valley about 5 miles (8 km) to the north-east of Tintagle. The tiny harbour shelters in a natural inlet and is protected by two stone walls. It offers the only safe refuge along some 21 miles (34 km) of rocky coast. The name derives from Bottreaux Castle, a Norman fortress, of which very little remains. Boscastle was much in the news back in 2004 when a flash flood resulted in a torrent of water pouring down through the village. Villagers were trapped in their houses and on roofs as buildings and cars were swept away by the storm. Today, however, the damage has been repaired and Boscastle is very much back in business as a popular holiday destination.
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