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Crackington Haven Further Information

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About Crackington Haven

Just over 7 miles from Tintagel and just a short drive from its neighbour, the major holiday resort of Bude.This is indeed a dramatic place, a sand and shingle little cove overlooked by 400 feet cliffs. The bay is sheltered by the cliffs of Pencannow and by the headland of Cambeak to the south. Crackington Haven was originally a small port importing coal and limestone and exporting slate. The little cove is approached down a steep narrow road, at the bottom there is an excellent Inn with a well recommended restaurant, a few houses, and a couple of beach shops.


The beach is extremely popular both with visitors and locals alike. It is good for surfing, bathing, some nice rock pools to explore, ample car parking in two car parks, lifeguard service during the summer, dog ban from Easter to October 1st.
The scenery around Crackington Haven is so rugged and dramatic that some episodes of the television series 'Poldark' was filmed here.


Nearby is St Genny's Parish Church with its sloping graveyard, wonderful views towards Lundy Island can be enjoyed from here.
The scenery can only really be fully appreciated by walking the cliff top path from Crackington Haven towards Cambeak Headland. However, care should always be taken, the path goes close to the cliff edge which is not always stable.


Just to the south of Crackington Haven leads to 'Strangles Beach', again, care should be taken as this is a difficult path. Details of 'Strangles Beach' can be seen on the Cornwall Beach Guide section. Above Strangles Beach is 'High Cliff', the highest point on the Cornwall coast rising 735 feet above sea level.


Close to Crackington Haven on the coast road is 'Trevigue Working Lifestock Farm' this is owned by the National Trust. The animals here include badgers, deer, foxes, rabbits, birds of prey, bats and glow worms.


The only accommodation in Crackington haven by the beach is provided by the Inn but there are numerous guest houses and farms very close providing both bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation.