Walk - Bude to Crackington Haven

9.8 miles (15.8 km)

Bude Crackington Haven

Challenging - Strenuous

An easy start on the grassy cliff path along the back of the beaches from Bude to Widemouth Bay should not mislead you into imagining the whole day will be like this. The Path soon proves challenging as it becomes rough and narrow in places and plunges into steep valleys, including Scrade which is one of the deepest and steepest valleys on the Cornwall section of the Coast Path. This walk provides you with wide, open views of the Atlantic from high cliff top paths where you are always conscious of the force of the sea and winds due to the uneven ground and crumbling cliffs below you.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Hannah's Cottage, Crackington

Charming B&B well located for the SWCP. Within an AONB, 10 mins countryside walk to main SWCP and beach. Variety of accommodation to suit.

Higher Tresmorn Farm

A perfect place to stay, offering quiet or relaxing B&B accomodation in a friendly & cosy medieval farmhouse. Breathtaking views over the coastline-ideally located for the Coast Path.

Penhalt Farm Holiday Park, Bude

Our aim is that you should enjoy a happy carefree holiday using Penhalt Farm as a base to explore this beautiful corner of the South West

Cerenety Eco Campsite, Bude

Old fashioned, peaceful, back to nature farm camping. Indulge in campfires and ball games while having a limited
impact on the environment.

Breakwater House B&B, Bude

Breakwater House is a 5* B&B overlooking Bude's canal and sea. Off road parking, and breakfast are included. Close to Bude's best restaurants, pubs, town centre and all amenities.

North Shore Bude Backpackers

Comfortable self-catering with free wi-fi in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Close to beaches,restaurants & bars with seaviews and large garden.

The Grosvenor Guest House

Situated on the Path offering a variety of comfortable rooms, hearty breakfast, local produce, packed lunch, WI-FI, bar & drying facilities

Sea Jade, Bude

Sea Jade has 7 en-suite rooms and one other with a private bathroom. Come as a guest,leave as a friend.

Tee Side Guest House, Bude

Tee-Side provides lovely bed and breakfast accommodation. Centrally located minutes from coast path town and restaurants. Free WiFi. Visit England 4 Star Award Winning Full English Breakfast vegetarian options available.

Pencarrol Guest House, Bude

Family run guest house in lovely Victorian building. En-suite facilities. Ideally located for the South West Coast Path.

Wyvern Guest House,Bude

Only a few hundred metres from Crooklets beach and the beautiful rugged Cornish coastline. For the past 25 years, Wyvern has been offering very comfortable B&B to all its guests.

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Brendon Arms

Bude's best known inn, owned and run by the Brendon family since 1872.Overlooking Bude's inner harbour and 200 yards from the unique sea-lock and Summerleazes Beach.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Bayside Taxis, Bude

Locally based family-run taxi service. Ideally situated to transport walkers along the South West Coast Path.

Trev's Taxi, Bude

A local taxi service based in Bude in the beautiful county of Cornwall. Providing an efficient service around Bude and surrounding areas. Particularly convenient for visitors walking the Coast Path.

Interactive Elevation


  • The 1830’s octagonal Storm Tower on Compass Point, also known as the Tower of the Winds, was rebuilt in the 1880’s matching the Temple of the Winds in Athens.
  • Watching the surfers from Efford Beacon. On a clear day it is even possible to see some of the inland tors of Dartmoor.
  • Spotting grey seals from the magnificent cliffs at Phillip’s Point Nature Reserve, with views north to Hartland Point and south to Widemouth Bay. Sea campion and pink thrift grow in abundance here.
  • Searching for marine wildlife in the many rockpools of Widemouth Bay.
  • The folded, contorted strata of Millook Cliffs are of national importance. They can be appreciated better from the beach below.
  • Spotting the many butterflies in the steep stream valleys. The local name for Chipman Valley is actually Butterfly Valley due to the many red admirals, pearl-bordered fritillaries, ringlets and meadow browns found here.
  • Looking down on Dizzard Wood’s sessile oak trees which are stunted by the force of the Atlantic winds. This stretch of coastal woodland is of international biological importance for the many rare lichens and mosses which enjoy the exceptionally clean air of the North Cornwall coast. Dizzard Wood is actually said to be a remnant from the prehistoric wood that once covered the entire country.
  • Tremendous views from Castle Point.
  • The many waterfalls, including the final one at Aller Shoot.
  • The fantastic views from Pencannow Point to Hartland Point, Tintagel and out to Lundy Island. In the summer, the valley below becomes ablaze with colour from masses of heathers and gorse.
  • Resting on the beach and looking at the extraordinary geology and rich coastal heathland around the enclosed bay of Crackington Haven.

Shorter option

There are plenty of buses running between Bude and Widemouth Bay, so you could walk out to the Bay and bus back or vice versa.

Longer option

Continue on to Boscastle (an additional 6.7 miles, 10.8 km).

Public transport

There are a couple of good bus services running between Exeter (which has a mainline train station) and Bude. The Western Greyhound 595 bus service runs every 2 hours between Bude and Crackington Haven. For details visit Traveline or phone 0870 6082608.


Bude (Postcode for Sat Navs: EX23 8LG), Widemouth Bay, just inland of Lower Longbeak and Crackington Haven.


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