Crackington Haven may just be a small North Cornwall village in a secluded coastal location but it's a little gem. If you are searching for a holiday cottage in which to enjoy a weekend break in Cornwall, there; here are some suggestions on things to do that will suit all ages - and some 'cracking' cottages in which to stay. to stay.
Here are our 'six of the best' holiday ideas for you to try on your break away from it all.
Nestled between the dramatic headlands of the rugged North Cornish Coast, you'll find the picturesque hamlet of Crackington Haven. This sheltered cove offers peace and seclusion, while its breath-taking views and spectacular scenery makes Crackington Haven the perfect location for a rejuvenating getaway.
A Meal at the Inn
The recently redecorated Coombe Barton Inn has possibly the most stunning views to be enjoyed by any pub or restaurant in the country!
You might be on a self-catering holiday in Cornwall, but give the cooks a night off.
Watching the sunset from the bay window with a glass of something chilled is absolute heaven.
As is the menu!
Using locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables, publican and Chef, Glyn offers a delectable range of traditional Cornish Classics with a modern twist.
That combined with the relaxing atmosphere, an excellent range of local ales and friendly and helpful team, a meal at the Coombe is an absolute must.
Surfing on Crackington Beach
The Haven is a fantastic spot for surfing and boarding of all abilities (and ages). The beach offers a choice of waves and conditions and its sheltered location from the winds mean that the waves can often be much cleaner than the neighbouring beaches. Being lifeguarded in peak season makes this the ideal spot to give it a go. Wetsuits and boards are available to hire from the Cabin Café, just next to the beach. Visit www.cabincafecrackington.co.uk for availability and prices.
Tennis with a view
Situated just above the beach at Crackington Haven, on the coast path, is Crackington Tennis courts.
It has the most breath-taking views of any tennis club in the UK across towards Penkenna Cliff on the North side of the Haven, making your match even more of a challenge!!
Its location makes it an ideal activity to incorporate into a day out at the beach if you fancy a quick game after an ice-cream!
Hire of the tennis courts can be arranged at the Haven Café, who arrange bookings and hire on behalf of the tennis club.
The café is located next to the pub.
A Walkers Paradise
Crackington Haven is an excellent base to for walking holidays in North Cornwall. Being situated on the North Cornish Coast Path, you can take in the breath-taking sea views and dramatic cliffs that surround the Haven, but also have plenty of options for secluded inland walks as well.
One beautiful walk that has the best of both worlds is a circular trail over Cambeak headland. The walk starts by taking the Coast Path south from Crackington, past Tremoutha Haven, towards Cambeak headland. From there, continue past Little Strand, towards The Strangles. Then across the coastal lane and onto the Public Footpath, which follows the stream along the wooded valley through Eastwood and through Ludon Valley. The hike is roughly four miles and is a fantastic way to appreciate the fascinating cliff formations as well as the beautiful seclusion that surrounds this idyllic little Haven.
Rockpooling: Adventures with a Net
Crackington is such a versatile beach. Being mainly rock and shingle at high tide, then a long sandy stretch with rocky pools and nooks to discover either side.
This makes it perfect for everyone's beachy needs, but it offers fantastic rock pooling, which means it is it irresistible fun to be enjoyed by families of all ages.
With the rich diversity of marine plants and animals at here, rock pooling will not disappoint.
Just grab your bucket and go!!
Cream Teas by the Sea
No trip to Cornwall would be complete without treating yourself to a Traditional Cornish Cream Tea. Fresh warm scones, loaded with generous dollops of rich sweet jam topped by a great dollup of Cornish clotted cream, make this indulgence absolutely necessary! That's the Cornish way of tucking into this tasty treat. Travel up the coast to Devon and they'll be expecting you to put the cream on first. It simply wouldn't be a Cornish Cream Tea if you ate it that way round!
Luckily at the Haven, there are two excellent cafes to choose from for your holiday treat. Situated either side of the beach, the Cabin Café and the Haven Café both offer generous homemade cream teas to enjoy, while taking in the scenery and fresh Cornish air. But which one is best? You might just have to try both to decide!
Where to Stay in Crackington Haven
We recommend Mineshop Cottages in Crackington Haven.Parada and The Old Shippon nestle in the stunning Mineshop Valley. They are a short and pretty field and woodland walk to the beach and all the suggested activities listed above.
Park your car and forget it about it for a few days as you balance burning off calories walking and surfing, then piling them back on again with those cream teas. However if you do not to wander further afield, both cottages are within a short drive of Boscastle, Tintagel and Bude plus a lots of other sandy beaches along the wild and rugged North Cornwall coast.
Parada is a two bedroom cottage for a small family or two couples. Click here for more information on Parada Cottage
The Old Shippon is a three-bedroom cottage for a larger family or group of friends. Click here for more information on The Old Shippon. Click here to view The Old Shippon.