Crackington Haven, Cornwall
Crackington Haven is a small village on the north coast of Cornwall. This idyllic cove was once a working harbor that was used to import coal and limestone from Wales.
Being in an enclosed cove the gently sloping beach is great for all the family. The beach is mainly pebbles, but at low tide a large sandy section with numerous rock pools is revealed. The rock pools are great for a couple of hours of fun for the younger members of the family.
The surfing conditions are perfect for the either the novice or experienced surfer. The beach has reasonably consistent surf, with ground swells and wind swells which can work at any time of the year.
There is also the chance of bumping into Bob the local seal while having a surf. There is a surf hire shop at the Cabin Cafe where you can hire a wetsuit, surfboard or boogie board to enjoy the waves.
There are numerous walks in and around Crackington Haven, from an easy stroll to the more demanding walks, for those who want a bit more of a workout.
At a very low tide, with the right conditions, it is possible to walk to the left along the rocks to Tremoutha Haven. During the walk you will find the remains of the German E-Boat S-89 among the rocks, which ran aground in 1946.
The St Genny's Church walk is another very popular walk that takes in the remains of an Iron Age fort. It then uses the old smugglers route through a wooded valley to St Genny's House and Church. The churches graveyard contains the remains of shipwrecked mariners, as well as those of a few smugglers. The walk then follows the stream through the woods back to Crackington Haven, following the same route Thomas Hardy and his first wife Emma used to walk.
The area is also very popular for anyone that is interested in Geology; the areas many visible folded sedimentary rock formations and quartz veins are extremely interesting to explore.
One mile south of Crackington Haven is High Cliff, which is classified as Cornwall highest cliff. It rises 735 feet with a sheer drop-off to the rocks below, making it Southern Britans highest sheer-drop cliff.
The road is the only thing that separates the cafes, shops and a pub from the sea. With plenty of parking available, it makes Crackington Haven an ideal base for all activities.
Whether it is the hustle and bustle of summer surf and sand, or the peace and quiet of the misty days of winter, Crackington Haven has something to cater to everyone.'