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The beach at Crackington is a small surfing beach, noted for its marine life, sandy with rock pools (except at high tide when the section of beautiful and unusual stones and rocks at its head is all that is exposed) and sheltered by the dramatic headland of Penkenna to the north.  The stream which runs past the flats runs on under the road bridge and down into the sea and is a notable feature of the beach. Seals, dolphins, porpoises, and basking sharks can all be seen on occasions. Peregrine falcons are local and puffins can be seen in the cliffs towards Boscastle.

These are the highest cliffs in Cornwall, rising to 650 ft at Strangles Beach, and there are many notable geological features.  Twisted rock formations are clearly visible and the whole area is known for caves, and arches such as Northern Door (a mile or so down the coast).  Penkenna is itself remarkable for its exposed geological strata.

There is a local shop and PO (1 mile) and for a greater variety of shops including supermarkets, and more amenities e.g. 3 beaches; golf; leisure centre; lots of places to eat, the seaside town of Bude on the Bude Canal is 10 miles away, while Camelford (on the River Camel and the edge of Bodmin Moor) is a similar distance in the opposite direction—see GENERAL AREA.  For more information visit www.visitcornwall.com/places/crackington-haven#.U1vFaPldWmw  a very useful directory of websites for visitors to Cornwall including links to places to visit, sports and activities, towns and villages, arts and crafts, history and culture.  This link will take you directly to the page featuring Crackington Haven (the picture there shows our location).

The area is noted for the variety of wild flowers including orchids, cowslips, fuchsias, sea campion, thrift, and Penkenna changes colour with the seasons—white with the blackthorn or vivid with yellow gorse, and the fragrance of the honeysuckle often prevails for months in the middle of the year.  In the spring, primroses, bluebells, red campion and stitchwort are profuse in the hedgerows.

 

The National Trust Farm of Trevigue (1½ miles) does guided wildlife tours, and deer can be seen locally in the vegetation cover on the cliffs off the coastal footpath and in the beautiful East Wood - thought to be a remnant of the original tree cover of Britain, with ash, sessile oak, sycamore, holly and hazel shrubs being the main tree species.  A stream runs through the wood and it is rich in ferns, mosses and lichens.  Barn owls, glow-worms, bats, badgers are also common to the area.

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