SW Coastal Path: Widemouth Bay to Crackington Haven
Start: Widemouth Bay
Finish: Crackington Haven
Length: 10.94 km / 6.8 miles
Weather: Hot and sunny.
This section of the South West Coast Path is not to be under estimated, there are many steep climbs followed by steep descents, which makes for a strenous walk. However, you are continually rewarded with stunning views.
The view of the route ahead from Widemouth Bay. When I arrived the weather was dull and there was a bit of rain in the air, so I thought it wise to put on my waterproof Rohan trousers. This weather proved to be short-lived and by the end of the walk I was wishing I had shorts on.
Looking down from Penhalt Cliff.
The first bench stop of the day, just above Millook. At this point I was regretting my decision to wear my Rohan Dry Requisite trousers, although great in wet weather, not so good in humid, hot conditions, so things were beginning to heat-up down below. And all this before I had done any significant uphill climbs.
Having descended steeply to Milook Haven, you then have a steep climb up the other side.
Looking towards Drizzard Point and Bynorth Cliff.
The path descends into a cool, wooded cleave which was welcome relief from the heat.
A lop-sided trig point.
On Chipman Point with Scrade that lies ahead.
Scrade is one of the deepest and steepest valleys on the Cornwall section of the Coast Path. you plunge down, only to be confronted with an equally steep climb up the other side.
Footbridge over another stream.
Castle Point juts out into the sea.
Lush-green section of the route.
Looking back from Castle Point
Looking across the valley to St. Gennys church.
Little Barton Strand and Great Barton Strand.
Brays Point and Cambreak.