UK Cottage Holiday In Cornwall, Dizzard Point South West Coastal Walk
UK Cottage Holiday In Cornwall, Dizzard Point South West Coastal Walk was day walk of around 7.5 miles done on day 4 of a Cornish cottage based hiking holiday.
I did this walk during May 2011 with Anne my partner.
We went from our holiday cottage accommodation in St Teath by car to the starting point for the walk which was a parking space at the roadside for Cancleave Strand, close to Cancleave cottage, to the south of Bude and not far south west of Millook.
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UK Cottage Holiday In Cornwall! Dizzard Point Video
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Dizzard Point Local Info
Dizzard Point is a headland on the northern coast of Cornwall located between Bude to the north east and Boscastle to the south west. The section of coastline at Dizzard is National Trust property and all you will find there is a triangulation pillar above Dizzard Point at a height of 164 meters. Inland to the south are: West Dizzard, East Dizzard, Dizzard Farm and Old Dizzard
Cancleave is a cottage positioned next to the South West Coast Path on the minor coastal road between Widemouth Bay and Crackington Haven. There are great views over Bude Bay, and on a clear day you can see Lundy Island.
Bynorth Cliff lies between Cancleave to the east and Dizzard Point to the west. The most notable thing there was the gale beaten sloping tree at the cliff edge.
Chipman Point is a small headland just south west of Dizzard Point on the South West Coast Path. To the southern side is a steep zig-zag path down the precipitous cliff-face into the valley below. There are fabulous views north east towards Widemouth Bay and south west towards Castle Point.
Castle Point is a headland on the South West Coast Path between Chipman Point to the north east and Pencannow Point to the south west. It lies just north of Crackington Haven. Here you get a fabulous view south west along the coast towards Pencannow Point.
Pencannow Point is a headland on the South West Coast Path between Castle Point to the north east and Cambeak headland immediately to the south west. There are great views of Castle Point; Cambeak across Crackington Haven Bay; and of Crackington Haven immediately South.
Cambeak is a headland which lies on the South West Coast path on the southern side of Crackington Haven Bay.
Crackington Haven can be found on the South West Coast Path, about 7 miles south west of Bude and 4 miles north east of Boscastle. It was originally a small port that exported slate and imported limestone and coal, these days it is a tourist destination. It has an attractive enclosed bay and is a great location for family holidays. It is sheltered on the northern side by Pencannow Point Cliffs and by Cambeak headland on the south side.
The cliffs are famour for their formations of folded sedimentary rock. The upper part of the beach is generally pebbles with a sandy beach revealed at low tide and there are rock pools on the western flank. Just a road separates the sea from a few beach shops, charming cafe, a sprinkling of homes, a hotel and a pub with great restaurant with public toilets next to the beach. It is a popular beach for swimming or surfing and if you like walking, the views from the cliffs are stunning.
St Gennys Church
St Gennys, or “Sen Gwynnys” in Cornish, is both a civil parish and a small hamlet on the north Cornwall coastline. It is located on high land roughly 7 miles south west from Bude and 0.5 miles to the north Crackington Haven.
St Gennys Church was dedicated to St Genesius who was beheaded for his protest about persecution. Protected from Atlantic gales by a cliff, not many churches can rival the quiet and beautiful settings of the church. It is partially of Norman construction with a ring of four bells in the tower and was restored in 1871. At the rear is a sloping graveyard with spectacular views across Bude Bay as far as Lundy Island.
Coxford has a farm called Coxford Farm which now seems to be a small and friendly, family run campsite called Coxford Meadow. There are also some properties which now appear to be either holiday homes or bed & breakfast accommodation. It is located inland, about 1 mile east from Crackington Haven.
Higher Tresmorn is a fabulous medieval farmhouse, about 1 mile north east from Crackington Haven, offering tranquil and relaxing bed and breakfast accommodation with amazing views from above the coastline. It also has 16th Century farm buildings that have been refurbished for self catering holidays. It is adjacent to National Trust land in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There is also Lower Tresmorn, a medieval National Trust Farmhouse and working family farm a bit closer to the coast, offering bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation
Trengayor consists a few houses which were probably a farm at some time in the past. They are located along a drive east of Old Dizzard which lies on the road between Millook to the north and Coxford to the south.
Trengayor Copse & Crannow Coombe
Trengayor Copse & Crannow Coombe is atmospheric primeval woodland owned by The Woodland Trust and part of the Millook Valley Woodland. It is located just north east of Trengayor and is a valuable natural environment supporting plenty of small woodland bird species. The trees are mainly tall, thin oaks, often covered with tree ferns. There are however many other indigenous species, holly being the most notable with some Ash and Sycamore.
Trebarfoote Wood is also part of the Millook Valley Woodland, comprising of Trebarfoote, Tamps and Landy, Trengayor Copse and Crannow Coombe and Lundy Woods that lie in the same valley. The valley runs more or less in a north to south direction from the hamlet of Millook to the north to Wainhouse Corner near the A39 to the south.