Features of the Bude coastline

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More from the pamphlet of John Acland:

The Compass Point or Storm Tower was built around 1830. Fifty years later, owing to cliff erosion, it was taken down and rebuilt in a safer position. It seems to be back in that situation now. A slate fixed in the pavement outside points to the true south, whereas the compass bearings carved on the tower itself are not strictly accurate.

Northerly, beyond Northcott (spelling is Northcote) Mouth and Sandy Mouth, the only prominent feature is Sharpnose, about five miles off which hides Morwenstow and Hennacliff, rising 450 feet sheer from the sea. Beyond that, the coast still runs due north to Hartland Point, 14 miles from Bude. Out in the sea, Lundy Island appears 25 miles off, offering practically the only shelter in that direction from westerly gales.

Southwards, there are many headlands starting with Widemouth Bay side, where there is Dizzard Point, then Cambeak, which lies just beyond Crackington Haven. Boscastle, with its quaint harbour situated between lofty cliffs, is not visible from Bude, though Tintagel is probably the most distant point seen. In clear weather, Pentire then Trevose Head may be seen. The whole range is over 50 miles.

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