Coastwatch & Coast Guard
Welcome to the NCI Boscastle Lookout station
NCI Boscastle is a recipient of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The lookout, once a Summerhouse then a coastguard tower, is painted white; the flagstaff usually flies Cornish and NCI flags. The Union flag flies on appropriate occasions. Please note that, due to daylight restrictions, the Station may not open until 0900 during December and January and may close at 1900 during April and September.
Visitors are normally most welcome at the lookout although, when an incident is ongoing, this may not always be convenient and the duty watchkeeper may ask visitors to call back later.
Access is through a gate off the South West Coast Path running from Boscastle to Tintagel
Ponies graze on the headland all year, and cattle graze on the cliffs in the winter months. The ponies are friendly but make sure they know you are there, and do not approach from behind them. The cattle are normally docile, but if there are calves or if you have a dog give keep well clear of them.
Open from: 08:00
Open until: 20:00
Every Day From: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Until: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Open from: 08:00
Open until: 16:00
Every Day From:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Until: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Station email address Contact Station by Email Station contact
Station contact role Station Manager
The Best View of the Coast
In an emergency in the UK,
Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
If you are at sea, use GMDSS systems to make a distress
or urgency alert: Emergency Contact - Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard
Volunteer Coastguard rescue service
Falmouth Coastguard operation centre
HM Coastguard Pendennis Point Castle Drive Falmouth TR11 4WZ Phone 01326 317 575 Dodman Point
Les Siford Station Officer (retired) Boscastle Coastguard.
Fred Siford has relinquished his mantel of Harbour Master aftermany years of
He has handed the mantel over to
Chris Keys who will carry on the excellent work.
Chris Key Harbour Master 01840 250 200
Coastwatch volunteer Robert Holmes using the radar set
Don't forget that if you know anyone with an interest in safety at
sea and on the shoreline they can find out more about becoming a volunteer watch keeper at Boscastle by
visiting our Web site
or Email to
or by calling the Station Manager, Chris Evans 01566 781449
Arrangments can be made to visit the lookout and spend some time with an experienced watch keeper to get a feel for what is involved.