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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.

Visitor Policy
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

Local Hazards
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.

Summer opening
Open from: 08:00
Open until: 20:00
Every Day From: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Until: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Winter opening
Open from: 08:00
Open until: 16:00
Every Day From:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Until: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Station telephone number
01840 250965
Station email address
Contact Station by Email Station contact
Chris Evans
Station contact role Station Manager
01566 781449

The Best View of the Coast

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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
mail crsenquiries@mcga.gov.uk

Falmouth Coastguard operation centre
HM Coastguard Pendennis Point Castle Drive Falmouth TR11 4WZ Phone 01326 317 575 Dodman Point

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A Little History

Coastgauard Staion Officer Les Siford
Les Siford Station Officer (retired) Boscastle Coastguard.

Fred Siford has relinquished his mantel of Harbour Master aftermany years of diligent
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 new radar
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  www.nci.org.uk 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.