Visiting Crackington Haven

HavenIt’s really amazing how lost we can get in the world while trying to get by in the world. The world many of us live in is commonly called a concrete jungle, but the word jungle refers to natural growth. There is nothing natural about cities made of steel and glass. But there is a way to gain perspective on what we left behind.

There’s a very easy way to see what cities and skyscrapers replaced. Returning to nature is a relatively simple thing, but the location matters; where you return to nature affects how much perspective you gain. And Crackington Haven is the place to regain ultimate perspective.

On the north coast of Cornwall lies Crackington Haven .... a wild half-lost land hidden by towering cliffs... a gorse-garbed valley amidst rugged rocks... a hauntingly beautiful hamlet....

Untouched utopia
Situated 11 miles south of Bude, and 4 miles north of Boscastle, Crackington Haven, has, through the years, managed to remain untouched by the fast-paced world. Its majestic cliffs, gentle pebble beach, quiet woodlands and softly meandering streams, makes it an unconventional, yet utopian, holiday haven.

Walk in the Wild
Hiking through the high cliffs at Crackington Haven is one experience you won't forget. The rocks on the cliffs exhibit extensive folding of shale and sandstone, indicating the torment the strata underwent. Even if you don't appreciate their geological virtues, their sheer savage beauty will stir you. 'High Cliff', the highest cliff in Cornwall, stands proud in this region. Scale it, and you'll find out why Thomas Hardy, and his wife Emma, patronised this trail. The soothing silence at Crackington Haven envelops you…your solitude will be stirred only by an occasional wild goat, sea-bird or rare butterfly.

You can also follow a bicycle trail through the calm country-side of Crackington Haven and drink in the magic of the surrounding wood and green. And maybe you'll even chance upon the wild rabbits, deer and foxes moving around in cool shade of the woods.

Pebbles in the sun
The High Cliff overlooks a small secluded beach - 'Strangles'. This sand and shingle beach is an ideal place to unwind. You can go swimming and surfing, or just stroll on sun-kissed pebbles. The sand is soft and the pebbles smooth. Strangles is Crackington Haven’s own private treasure.

Rustic Weddings
Crackington Haven is increasingly becoming popular for couples who want to have a countryside wedding. 'Trevigue' is 16-century farm-house, with a fascinating view of the cliffs and country-side. They are licensed to conduct weddings. Exchanging vows, in the cobbled courtyard, of an ancient stone farm-house, set high on the Cornish cliffs at Crackington Haven and overlooking a spectacular jagged coastline, can be an enchanting experience…

Local Colour
Lore and legend has it the Crackington Haven, with its steep cliffs was a favourite haunt of the smugglers of yore. 'St. Genny's church' is said to hold their graves and also the graves of many a ship-wrecked mariner.
The church is set almost 400 feet above sea-level, and the view from there is breath-taking.

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