Crackington Haven lies on the North Cornwall coast about ten miles southwest of Bude.
It is quite a small rocky west-facing beach with some sand exposed at low water. It is flanked by the high cliffs of Cambeak to the southwest and Pencannow Point to the north.
There is a large car park behind the beach by the 'Coombe Barton Inn' and there are fine walks for dedicated South West Coast Path walkers south and west over the Cambeak to the Strangles, High Cliff, Rusey and Buckator or north and east towards Millook Haven and ultimately Bude.
At low tide a narrow stretch of sand is revealed as well as a number of rock pools to explore. The beach is popular with families and some surfers.
Geologists may have heard of Crackington Haven as the beach is well known for the heavily folded Carboniferous sandstones and grey slates known simply as the ‘Crackington Formation’.
Suitable accommodation to explore the area can be found in Crackington Haven itself or further afield at Boscastle, Tintagel and Bude.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Rescue equipment
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 111: Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: