Walking

Walking trail

Crackington cracker walk

Walking trail

Explore a stunning stretch of North Cornwall’s coastline on a walk that leads you from Crackington Haven’s sandy beach, to magnificent vistas of Cambeak Headland and the cliffs beyond, before returning by the sheltered woodlands of Ludon Valley. Intriguing rock formations and varied wildlife are just some of the highlights you’ll discover on the way.

 Thrift growing on the cliffside at Boscastle, Cornwall.

Map

Map route for Crackington cracker walk

Start:

Crackington Haven car park, grid ref SX143968

1

From the car park in Crackington Haven, cross the road bridge and follow the South West Coast Path south (clearly marked with an acorn symbol).

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2

The path climbs to cliffs above Tremoutha before descending into a series of small, hanging valleys, with footbridges crossing the streams. There are spectacular views across Tremoutha Haven to the Cambeak headland from Crackington. On a clear day you can see as far as Trevose Head near Padstow to the south and Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel to the north.

3

Just below Cambeak Headland there is an option to cut up a permissive path through a spur valley to your left, rejoining the main coastal trail a short way further on. The coast path itself climbs a steep slope to Cambeak Headland where there are fantastic, far-reaching views. Continue on the coast path with the vast under-cliff and bays of Little Strand beach and Strangles beach below you.

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4

Optional route: When you reach a sign pointing to Strangles car park (200m inland), there is a path to your right to Strangles beach. This route is steep in places, with steps and a rocky descent, but it rewards you with golden sands, rock formations, smooth striped pebbles and interesting flotsam and jetsam.

5

Follow the path off the coast path and inland to a minor road, then bear left, skirting around the north side of Trevigue Farm to a pond on the left.

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6

Walk towards the white cottage on the right and go through the gate set in a stone wall to the left of the white cottage. Descend into the Ludon Valley across open fields.

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7

Turn left at the valley bottom and head north alongside a stream towards Crackington. Stay on the path as it enters woodland, keeping the water to your right.

8

Cross two footbridges at the far edge of the woodland before following a quiet, residential track back to the car park.

End:

Crackington Haven car park, grid ref SX143968

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Crackington cracker walk

Terrain

Paths are mostly uneven natural surfaces and walking may be strenuous in places. Route includes some slopes, steps, stiles and unfenced cliff top. Optional extension of 0.5 mile (1km) to Strangles Beach. Strangles Beach is remote with dangerous currents. Allow plenty of time around low tide.

Crackington cracker walk

Contact us

Telephone: 01840 250010

Email: boscastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/boscastle

Crackington cracker walk

How to get here

Address
Crackington Haven, Bude, Cornwall, EX23
By road

11 miles (17.7km) from Bude on the A39

By foot

The South West Coast Path runs south along the North Cornwall coast, passing through Bude and then onto Crackington Haven.

By bus

Western Greyhound 595, Boscastle - Bude, regular service to Crackington Haven

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 3 to Wainhouse Corner, then 3 miles (4.8km) to start of walk along minor, quiet roads with some hills.

Crackington cracker walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome