History of Boscastle Lookout

Willapark Lookout

Overlooking the picturesque hidden harbour of Boscastle, the lookout was originally built in the early 1800's as a summer house by the local landowner Thomas Rickard Avery.

Later it was leased to the Board of Trade as a lookout to help prevent smuggling, and later used as a coastguard lookout up until the 1970's.

Recently, under National Trust ownership it has been maintained as a folly, until in 2002 it was leased by the National Trust to Boscastle NCI.


Following a lot of hard work by our volunteer, chippies, labourers, painters, electrician, fund raisers and trainers.

The station was officially opened in June 2003.


Currently 56 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2600 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Fleetwood in the North West, through Wales, to the South and East of England to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies offering a variety of skills and experience, and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.








The words National Coastwatch Institution and Eyes Along the Coast and the NCI logos are Registered Trademarks of NCI.


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