37. Crackington Haven

Crackington Haven, on the north coast between Padstow and Bude, is a small cove that hosts a westward facing beach.

Crackington Haven has a small beach at high tide. The beach above high tide is covered with small boulders and cobbles with some patches of bare sand.

The northern side is bounded by rock cliff face with signs of recent erosion and the south side with a rock platform.

The sand on the left side (south) is coarser than on the right (north) side and both have a predominantly lithic content.

There are no real sand dunes present. There is some maritime-type vegetation present but on geological glacial Head deposits, rather than sand.

Two streams converge at Crackington Haven, with the confluence of the Crackington Stream and the Pengold Stream just downstream of the B3263, Mill Ball Hill, road bridge. This bridge was destroyed in the 16 August 2004 flood event that impacted nearby Boscastle and subsequently rebuilt and the Surf Life Saving Club building was also badly damaged.

The Stream is channelled onto the beach. The concrete slipway appears to be vulnerable to undercutting erosion. Upstream of the road bridge the land is set to car parking.

Walkover report and photos of 26 February 2022


Localised erosion, risks to local highway and transport.
Potential Actions
Develop a better understanding of the magnitude of future coastal change and dune migration.
Community Groups
None yet identified
Key Stakeholders

None yet identified
CCMA potential
Shoreline Management Plan
SMP Management Area: MA38
SMP Policy Unit: PU38.1
SMP Policies:
  • Present - No Active Intervention
  • Transition - No Active Intervention
  • Target - No Active Intervention
Link to SMP Chapter 4 assessment for Management Area 38

A link to the Crackington Haven page on the 'Let's Talk Cornwall' website will appear here in due course.