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Crackington Haven and Cambeak

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Crackington Haven and Cambeak
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 07 Jul 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Cornwall, North Coast
Walk Type: Coastal
Crackington Haven and Cambeak
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A breathtaking (in more ways than one!) 4 mile circular walk along a section of the north Cornwall coast. The walk starts from the small village of Crackington Haven. Crackington Haven is popular with campers, walkers and geology students. The surrounding cliffs are well known for their visible folded sedimentary rock formations. The village gives its name to the Crackington formation, a sequence of sandstones and greyshales.

The walk follows a fairly challenging route of the coastal path with lots of steep sections and steps climbing and descending throughout. There are free roaming goats and cattle on the coastal path so take care with dogs. The return leg runs alongside a stream within an ancient woodland and these paths can be very muddy after wet weather. There are three stiles, all with adjacent dog gates, and several kissing gates. There are public toilets just across the road from the car park. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.

Crackington Haven is situated just south of Bude and is signed from the A39 Atlantic Highway. The walk starts from the village pay and display car park which is next to the Coombe Barton Inn and the adjacent beach shop. Approximate post code EX23 0JG.

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Walk Sections

Car Park to Footbridge
Car Park to Footbridge

Start point: 50.7409 lat, -4.6328 long
End point: 50.7375 lat, -4.6413 long

Leave the car park onto the road. Turn left across the narrow road bridge and then with the phone box ahead, swing sharp right on the tarmac path. Follow the stone path as it swings left to become the coast path.

Go through the gate, pass the tennis courts on the left and continue through another gate. Turn left up the steps and then keep right signed towards Cambeak. Follow the coastal path as it sweeps round the next bay via lots of steps and then pass through a kissing gate to continue on a field edge path.

Pass through the next kissing gate before heading steeply down some steps to reach the next section of the coast path. A little distance further pass through a gate to cross a short wooden footbridge.

Footbridge to Cambeak Bridges
Footbridge to Cambeak Bridges

Start point: 50.7375 lat, -4.6413 long
End point: 50.7387 lat, -4.6463 long

Pass through the gate at the far side and continue on the narrow coast path with fields over to your left. Cross the next footbridge via a pair of wooden stiles, which have adjacent dog gates.

Pass over the third wooden stile and then follow a longer flight of steps heading steeply down to reach a series of footbridges which sit at the base of Cambeak, the steep headland in front of you.

Cambeak Bridges to Strangles Road
Cambeak Bridges to Strangles Road

Start point: 50.7387 lat, -4.6463 long
End point: 50.7256 lat, -4.644 long

Having crossed the bridges, keep immediately left on the path heading inland on a more gentle ascent. Follow this path as it climbs swinging round to the right until you come to a T-junction once again with the coastal path. Turn left continuing uphill heading for a wooden marker post on the brow of the hill.

At the fork soon after, keep right on the main coastal path across the next section of cliff following the waymarks. You will come to a section of steep steps and then keep left on a small V to avoid a section of coastal erosion, to reach a kissing gate with a beachy cove to the right.

Continue for some distance further until you reach a wooden marker post in the path, which marks Trevigue to the right. Take the left hand fork heading inland away from the sandy bay on the right. Follow this path curving to the left and pass out through a kissing gate to reach the lane.

Strangles Road to Woodland Valley
Strangles Road to Woodland Valley

Start point: 50.7256 lat, -4.644 long
End point: 50.7307 lat, -4.6381 long

Turn left onto the lane (you’ll see the National Trust sign for Strangles – the name of the beach cove you just passed – on the left). Follow the lane, taking care of any traffic, heading uphill for Trevigue Farm. Follow the lane as it bends first left and then right past the farm on the right.

Stay on the main lane ahead and you will pass cow sheds on the left. Soon afterwards you will come to a pair of cottages on the right with a footpath sign for Luden Valley. Fork sharp right here and follow the grass path heading steeply downhill into woodland. Take care as the path can be slippery.

At the bottom of the long steep slope you will come to a T-junction with a wooden signpost.

Woodland Valley to End
Woodland Valley to End

Start point: 50.7307 lat, -4.6381 long
End point: 50.7401 lat, -4.6327 long

Turn left here signed towards Haven on the atmospheric path through this section of ancient woodland. The beautiful flowing stream on the right gives a lovely opportunity for a human or doggy paddle on a hot day.

A while later on the right you will pass the brick remains of an old small mill. A little further along cross over the stream via the footbridge and continue up the short slope to a T-junction. Turn left and then cross left over another footbridge.

Follow the woodland track ahead and continue as it becomes a stone track. Keep left passing a number of properties on the right. You will emerge through an open gate to reach a T-junction with the road. Turn left heading downhill. Turn immediately right, past Crackington Manor on the right, down a short tarmac slope. Turn right in front of the Manor and then turn left over the narrow footbridge to reach the car park.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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