Walking The South West Coast Path from Crackington Haven to Boscastle while staying at Gwelmor holiday cottage in Widemouth Bay
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Crackington Haven to Boscastle: Walk the South West Coast Path

Rock formations leaving Crackington Haven on The South West Coast Path walk to Boscastle
Leaving Crackington Haven

Distance: 7 miles

Severity: strenuous

Time it took us: 5hrs

Steps: 21,461

If you fancy a fitness challenge whilst taking in some of the splendid coastal views that Cornwall has to offer, then the hike from Crackington Haven to Boscastle ticks all the boxes.

Whilst it is only seven miles long, it’s a rollercoaster of steep climbs and descents and includes the highest cliff in Cornwall, appropriately named High Cliff.

Looking back at Crackington Haven cove on The South West Coast Path walk to Boscastle
Looking back at Crackington Haven

Slogging it upwards out of Crackington Haven and up a zig zag path eventually the headland of Cambeak appears and with it, a rather surprising view.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the other side of the headland comes into view giving a fantastic panoramic perspective of where we’d just been and what was yet to come.

zig zag paths on The South West Coast Path walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle
Zig zag paths uphill

Across relatively level fields with Strangles Beach below, High Cliff loomed ahead. A steady climb up and the guide book warns of an even steeper climb back down, but actually it wasn’t that bad. Worse was yet to come.

Over more fields and passing through a kissing gate perched high on the cliff, little did we know what was directly beneath us - the sheer black cliff at Buckator.

Panoramic views The South West Coast Path walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle
Panoramic views at the headland of Cambeak

I was quite pleased I couldn’t seethe actual drop until I’d safely walked over to the other side!

A further descent after Fire Beacon Point and the sign on the path gave us an option – inland or follow the cliff face to Pentargon? Briefly considering the inland route I decided to brave it out as the initial descent didn’t look too bad. A few minutes later it was a different story as we followed a rather thin path around the cliff face with a rather steep drop to the right. Most people might not think it’s that bad, you see I’ve not got the greatest head for heights.

The South West Coast Path walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle
A different view around every corner

Arriving at the inlet of Pentargon there’s an impressive waterfall which the South West Coast Path guidebook advises ‘do not be tempted to leave the path for a better view’. As you get closer you can see why.

The South West Coast Path walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle

On the other side of the valley up a steep incline you can actually see the lines of the 200 or so steps up to Boscastle Farm Shop.

The entrance to Boscastle harbour The South West Coast Path walk from Crackington Haven to Boscastle
The stretch down into Boscastle Harbour

Here you can take a breather, grab a bite to eat, stock up on goodies to take back for dinner back at Gwelmor, before continuing the half hour trek that remains into the beautiful Boscastle harbour.

Want to walk the walk? Gwelmor dog-friendly holiday cottage is just 8 miles from Crackington Haven. Why not take our virtual tour and book your stay today?

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