Lundy Island from Northcott Mouth Bude Surfer at Widemouth Bay Widemouth Bay Millook Haven Crackington Haven The Strangles Cambeak from High Cliff

10-30 minutes north


Bude is a pleasant and largely unspoilt Victorian holiday town with an interesting history, stunning scenery, three good beaches, a small harbour and a unique canal with sea lockgates. There are two large supermarkets, many pubs and restaurants and a comprehensive range of shops, services and sporting facilities. Easy walking leads north to a further large beach at Northcott Mouth, over the cliffs or along the beach at very low tide. To the south more easy walking leads south to Widemouth Bay and an excellent circular walk links here with the canal. The canal and the Bude Marshes Nature Reserve merit a visit in themselves for their excellent birdlife, as does the attractive breakwater that protects the canal entrance. The breakwater and canal are also popular with anglers. Bude is internationally famed for its surfing, had Britain's first beach lifeguards and has many surf shops and beginners courses. Good swimming opportunities abound, especially at Summerleaze beach and the large open air sea pool. Guinevere's owners live in Bude.


A large bay with a good long beach very popular with bathers and surfers. The morning's catch can be bought at the small roadside shop (look for the sign) and there is a very good pub at the north end of the bay, The Bay View Inn. Further back on the road towards Bude (about a mile) is a particularly good restaurant, Elements. It is worth taking the small road signposted for Millook at the south end of the bay to the top of the steep hill where there is an obvious place to stop the car on the seaward side of the road. Fabulous views.


One of the steepest through roads in Britain protects Millook, 1 in 3 on both sides. Very limited parking at the bottom gives access to the pebbly bay, popular with expert surfers for a point break that fires in a big swell when the beaches are closed out. The Culm Coast around Bude and Crackington Haven is noted by geologists for incredible folding in the strata of the rocks and the most spectacular example of this is Millook's world famous zigzag ('chevron') cliff. You can't miss it looming above you! South along the coast path from here lies Cornwall's last remaining sessile oak forest.

Crackington Haven

Situated in a lovely double bay, the geologist's paradise of Crackington Haven has a good beach and great rockpooling opportunities at low tide. If you are feeling energetic then the coast path in both directions is a delight, though shorter walks deliver too. Walk easily south for a couple of hundred metres and hope to gain possession of a bench on a small promontory between the bays for a lovely viewpoint. Another 20-30 minutes and a stiff climb at the end will take you to the top of Cambeak, a prominent feature seen from almost anywhere on this coastline. To the north the path up Pencarrow Cliff proves far easier than might be expected and takes you to the top in 20 minutes to enjoy stunning views.

The Strangles & High Cliff

Halfway between Crackington Haven and Boscastle lies the highest sheer drop cliff (732') in Cornwall, the aptly named High Cliff. A short walk is rewarded with superb views. North of High Cliff lies The Strangles, a beautiful and remote beach, frequented by naturists at the northern end. The path down to it descends over 500' so you are unlikely to be bothered by many other people when you get there. Both High Cliff and The Strangles (the top at least!) are easily accessible from laybys on the back road between Boscastle and Crackington Haven. Look out for the footpath signs.

Guinevere, Tintagel

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