Walk - Crackington Haven Circular
3.5 miles (5.7 km)
Crackington Haven Car Park - EX23 0JG Crackington Haven Car Park
Challenging - This walk has varied terrain including steep hills and stiles and steps, and is muddy in places.
In 1836 royal assent was given to a grandiose plan for a new town at Crackington Haven, linked by rail to Launceston. Fortunately nothing came of it, and today it is still a small village on a remote stretch of coastline, where the high cliffs are prized by geologists for their dramatic zigzag folds and the slumping undercliffs between them are home to wide range of wildlife. Look out for seals on the rocks below as you head out along the cliffs, and maybe dolphins or basking sharks offshore. Inland, the route returns through pretty woodland alive with birdsong. Listen out for woodpeckers!
A wonderful walk in spring, when the woods are carpeted with bluebells and the cliffs ring with the chatter of nesting seabirds; and equally good in autumn, when the gorse and heather are vivid in the heathland and the seabirds start to flock ready for their flight to their winter quarters. The walk is part of our "Summer Strolls".