Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Crackington Haven is a small coastal village on the North Cornwall coast just West of Bude. Sheltered from the north by the cliffs of Pencannow and by the headland of Cambeak to the south, Crackington Haven is a small unspoiled, almost secret, cove.

Crackington Haven is popular with campers, walkers and geology students. The surrounding cliffs are well known for their visible folded sedimentary rock formations. The village gives its name to the Crackington formation, a sequence of Carboniferous sandstones and grey shales.


Until the nineteenth century, Crackington Haven was a small port similar to many others on the North coast of Cornwall. Limestone and coal were imported and slate and other local produce were exported. After the railways reached the district in 1893 the village could be reached more easily, so holidaymaking became more common.

Crackington Haven was badly affected in 2004 by the flood that damaged several other villages, including Boscastle. The road bridge across the stream, several homes and pub were damaged by floodwater.