Cornwall Border to Bude, Cornwall

This is 8 mile stretch of coast and is a pretty strenuous introduction to the Cornish Coastal path

map bude to crackington

mile 0 - 2
Marsland Mouth on the Devon Cornwall border is not the easiest of places to get to. By road you go to Welcombe Mouth and follow the path for steep 1/2 mile to get to the actual county border. There are four steep coombes to go down and up in the first two miles. But you do have the reward of some fantastic coastal scenery. Off shore is the twisted strata of Gull Rock, with Lundy Island also visible to the north
As you approach Henna Cliff, you can detour half a mile inland to visit Morwenstow church and village. In the 19th century and eccentric parson, Rev R S Hawker, put the village on the map, with  his efforts to rescue shipwrecked sailors and prevent looting. Many drowned mariners are buried in the graveyard.
As you re-join the coastal path, you will see, on the side of the cliff, the hut that Rev Hawker built out of driftwood, where he sat to write his poetry.
On past the viewpoint at Higher Sharpnose Point. The fourth steep descent and climb is at Stanbury mouth after two miles
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Cliffs north of Duckpool

On the cliffs

Coombe Valley

mile 2 - 4
This section is dominated by the Satellite Tracking Station on the cliff tops. The path goes through the site of an old army camp, and past a disused Coast Guard lookout house before dropping down into the Coombe Valley and the sandy beach at Duckpool. The farm above the valley to the south has some stables that are all that remains of a 17th century manor belonging to the Grenville family ( Sir Richard Grenville was immortalised in the poem about the Revenge)
The path rises, then falls again to Sandy Mouth, a popular tourist beach in summer
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Duckpool Beach

 

Cliffs south from Duckpool

mile 4 - 6
From Sandy Mouth the walking becomes easier, and it is only a mile to Northcott Mouth, another sandy beach. At low tide you can walk in to Bude for a mile along the sands
Otherwise continue along  Maer Cliff.
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North of Bude Bude Beach Bude Breakwater to the south
mile 6 - 8
After a mile you come to the small seaside town of Bude. A population of 5,500, grows significantly in the summer with visitors in the many hotels in the town.
The main thing you will notice, after leaving the wide sandy beach, is the Bude Canal. It was built in 1824 to transport sand to Holsworthy, to improve the farmland there. Today the canal is not navigable, and only exists for a few miles round Bude The castle is now council offices.
The coast path continues on the south side of Bude. There are various interesting rock formations, which have resulted from the sea and the wind removing the softer shale, and leaving the harder sandstone as bands of upstanding rock
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