Superb day out in Cornwall- ideal for families,
swimming, walking and rambling, with excellent facilities, good
beach (pebbles, with sand along the inter-tidal zone,) parking,
public toilets, shops, cafes, pub and restaurant, stunning scenery
and breathtaking views.
Whichever direction you approach Crackington Haven,
the views are really spectacular. Inevitably there has been limited
development over the years, but this has mostly been done in a
tasteful way and the scenery in the beach area and surrounding
majestic cliffs is almost unrivalled.
Crackington Haven is an ideal spot for families,
with a gently shelving beach in an enclosed bay (N.B no life guard
service on beach). The upper parts of the beach is mainly pebbles,
with rock pools along the western fringe. Only the road separates
the sea from a couple of beach shops, charming cafe, a handful
of houses, a public house with excellent restaurant and a hotel.
Almost unlimited car parking space makes this a good base for
those who enjoy walking. Public toilets are adjacent to the beach.
The parish of St. Gennys prides itself on the excellence
of its public paths and this is due in no small way to the help
of the Heritage Coast Service and the National Trust - the latter
owning and controlling most of the cliff and adjacent farm land.
To the north, over the 430 ft. Penkenna Point,
lies St. Gennys Church, with breathtaking views towards Bude,
Morwenstow and Lundy Island. The churchyard is also the last resting
place of shipwrecked mariners and perhaps a few smugglers! (The
old name for those from St. Gennys was 'Wreckers & Wrestlers'
). A mile or so inland are the well thought out Treworgie Barton
To the south, the North Cornwall Coast path traverses
the highest cliff in England - High Cliff at well over 700 feet.
Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma used to walk
here. St. Juliot Church is only about 2 miles inland. A little
of the 'Poldark' series was filmed in the area.
For those who like remote beaches, there are few
that rival Strangles and Rusey - world away from civilisation.
Away from the coast are tranquil woodland paths with tinkling
streams and sunny meadows and perhaps the fleeting glimpse of
Many of the farms can provide meals and accommodation
and Trevigue on the cliffs near Strangles is nationally acclaimed.
You can also find camping, caravanning, private guest houses,
self catering and farm bed and breakfast.
Of course the summer sun, the sand and the surf
are attractive, but many come back for the relative peace of winter
with its salt laden Atlantic gales and days of mist and rain -
days of smugglers and wreckers - and ghosts of Hardy & Poldark.