A beautiful place to visit in Cornwall
The beach at Crackington Haven, near Bude, is an almost secret shingle cove. Imposing cliffs 400ft high dominate and shelter the little bay. Those cliffs continue to rise hitting a peak of 735 feet one mile south of the beach at High Cliff - the highest cliff in Cornwall.
Crackington Haven Beach was once a small harbour used for importing coal and limestone from Wales and exporting slate. Now, this gently sloping beach in an enclosed inlet at the end of a narrow valley - perfect for swimming and surfing. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of the water.
The beach has a Pay and Display car park and lifeguard cover from the beginning of June until the beginning of September. It backs onto the village, which has two cafes, a shop, a pub, toilets and surf hire.