Crackington Haven is located near Bude on the dramatic North Cornish coast. The charming coastal village of Crackington Haven (or “Porthkragen” as it is in Cornish) is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. When you choose Trevigue, you’ll be surrounded by a breath-taking natural paradise for miles and miles.
History of Crackington Haven
Historically, the beach at Crackington Haven was a busy trading spot for imports and exports with a lime kiln and slate quarrying on the beach head. As was the case in many areas of Cornwall, the area was dependent upon agriculture and local families worked very hard in order to survive and earn a crust. The beach and the foreshore here in Crackington Haven were once owned by the Duchy and private individuals. The area of beach now owned by the Parish Council was donated by William Thomas Tilley in the early 1900s to enable public access for the generations to come- he bought it for £100 in the name of St Genny’s Parish Council, a princely sum in those days!
Accommodation in Crackington Haven
Whether you want to stay in a self-catered farmhouse accommodation or holiday cottage in Crackington Haven, we have it all here at Trevigue. The emphasis at our farmhouse is on our blissfully luxurious en suite bedrooms and a focus on peaceful relaxation. Our coastal holiday cottage offers the very best of country living for up to four people and has a large private family sized garden boasting far-reaching views over patchwork fields and an ancient wooded valley beyond.
Crackington Haven Beach
The beach at Crackington Haven is a good beginner’s surf spot and is also lifeguarded in the summer season (2nd June-2nd September). The beach is cossetted by the mighty cliffs which provide shelter from the elements and make this “Haven” by name a haven by nature. Crackington Haven beach has shingly rock pools at low tide, two cafes, toilets and a shop which makes this hidden cove great for families. (Please note that whilst dogs are welcome in low season, there is a seasonal dog ban from Easter to 1st October).
Walking In Crackington
Crackington Haven is a beautiful parish with ambrosial country lanes winding through acres of unspoilt countryside. There are several beautiful walks to try when staying here in North Cornwall, the only problem will be choosing your favourite!
- Take a walk North to Pencarrow Point and venture up to the highest cliff in Cornwall. The path rises fairly gently, and it’s well worth the climb for the fabulous views along the north Cornish coast from the top.
- Crackington Haven is a geologist’s paradise; as you walk the North Cornwall coast path, observe the zig-zag folds and faults in rock formations formed millennia Follow the cliff top and witness dipping waterfalls and streams cascade into the sea.
Places to Eat in Crackington Haven
The Cabin Café
This popular café overlooks the beach in Crackington Haven and serves up a lip-smacking menu of homecooked dishes. From baked cakes to freshly-crimped pasties and homemade sausages, all the food is made on the premises and they even provide beef and lamb packs to take home with you. Open every day except Christmas day! Website: Cabin Cafe
The Coombe Barton Inn
With the crashing waves of the Atlantic as your backdrop, this traditional pub in Crackington Haven was originally the house of the manager of a local slate quarry. This seafront pub serves excellent home-cooked food and real ales. Seafood fans will delight in the prospect of a fresh crab salad or Mr Barton’s Fish ‘n’ Chips – made with locally-sourced fish and served with homemade tartare sauce. Open from 11am-11pm daily. Website: Coombe Barton Inn
There is a second cafe in Crackington we must mention called the Haven (our children work there!) run by a local couple Nick and Tina. Their crab sandwiches are a must! Website: Haven Cafe
Weather in Crackington Haven
We enjoy hot summers sprinkled with occasional showers which keeps the crops bountiful and the hedgerows bursting with colour. July is the hottest month in Cornwall with an average temperature of 16°C (61°F) and the coldest is February at 6°C (42°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 7 in August.
Events in Crackington Haven
- Crackington Local Produce Fair Crackington Institute Village Hall, Higher Crackington
On the third Sunday of every month (2pm to 5pm) this busy famer’s market comes alive with local produce, meat and crafts.
- Bude Jazz Festival http://www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk/
One the annual diary highlights is the Bude Jazz Festival where jazz fans from all across the UK come to Bude to enjoy ragtime, swing and more. This year the festival is held 28th – 31st August2018 and is just a 15 minute drive from Trevigue (Bude itself will be packed out so stay here for the peace!).
When choosing to holiday in North Cornwall, Crackington Haven is a stellar choice to truly experience the real Cornwall. We can’t wait to welcome you to our family-run holiday accommodation! Please do let us know of any insider tips about things to do we may have missed over on our Facebook page…