Walk 2731 - printer friendly version
Cambeak from Crackington Haven Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.3 miles / 7 km
Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SX143968
Lat 50.7410410 + Long -4.6332945
Postcode EX23 0JG (approx. location only)
The Cornish village of Crackington Haven nestles in a dramatic section of coast with high cliffs. This energetic walk heads south from the village exploring the coast and the headland of Cambeak before returning to the start by following inland paths through a wooded valley. Crackington Haven has a pay and display car park (grid ref. SX143968), which can be busy in high season.
After parking walk towards the sea and turn left onto the signed South West Coast Path. This path climbs steeply with your effort soon rewarded by some good views along the coast in either direction. Like most sections of coastal path, the way ahead is undulating with regular descents and ascents. However, you soon reach the headland of Cambeak where the views extend in both directions along this rugged coast with its contorted rock strata.
Continue south along the coast path. You will soon reach a sign post to Trevigue 200m. From here continue along the coast path for another 300 metres to take the next footpath on the left (grid ref SX132949). This leads half left up a field to reach a lane. Cross the road to a stile and followed the waymarked path across a field to a gap in the trees. Cross the footbridge and continue uphill to Pengold. The path around the farm is indicated yellow arrows around the buildings.
Go through the gate and keep a hedge to your right. Go over the stile and continue down through trees to a stream. Go over the stile to reach a path junction where you head left signed to 'Haven'. The path parallels the stream and crosses it on a footbridge. Follow the signs and then go left to parallel the stream which is now on your left. Continue to reach a lane. Turn left along the lane to return to the start.
If you have the time and energy, you can continue to Walk 2730 and explore the coastal scenery to the north of Crackington Haven.