Barnstaple
Morwenstow
Near Bude
Cornwall EX23 9SR
 
 
 
Most visitors to Cornwall concentrate on Land’s End on the south-west and miss the stunning north Cornish sea cliffs just north of Bude.
 
Superbly situated, in a kind of dell, between these cliffs (the highest in Cornwall) is the little known hamlet of Morwenstow.
 
Rev Robert Stephen Hawker & Morwenstow Church
Close to the South-West Coastal Path, Morwenstow is best known for its eccentric 19th century vicar, Rev. Robert Stephen Hawker. This extraordinarily energetic man was not only vicar for 44 years but was an accomplished poet, writer of hymns and songs, antiquarian and local philanthropist.  He ensured Christian burials for unfortunate souls shipwrecked on the treacherous rocks below his home. 
 
Morwenstowe Church is the final resting place of more than 40 seamen drowned and washed up at the base of Morwenstow cliffs. In the churchyard the grave of the crew from the sailing brig 'Caledonia of Arbroath' is marked with a weather-resistant replica of the ship’s figurehead. The original figurehead from their ship is now mounted on a wall inside the church
 
Hawker's Hut
About a mile (1.6 km) along the coastal path is Hawker’s Hut, a tiny dwelling built into the cliff face out of driftwood where Parson Hawker would sit hour after hour, gazing out to Lundy Island composing poetry and some say, smoking opium.
 
The Remarkable Vicarage
This unique man built himself a remarkable vicarage, beside the church, with chimneys modelled on the towers of the churches in his life: North Tamerton, where he had been curate; Morwenstow and Wellcombe; plus Magdalen College, Oxford.  The old kitchen chimney is a replica of Hawker's mother's tomb. 
 
The vicarage is now a B&B with its stables converted into a self catering cottage. See details in the article 'Morwenstow Church' in this website.
 
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Rectory Farm Tearooms and The Bush Inn
After exploring the church and churchyard, St Morwenna’s Holy Well to the west of the church, and perhaps a walk along the cliff path to Hawker’s Hut (if you have a head for heights), it is more than time for some refreshment.  The writer can highly recommend the Rectory Farm Tearooms beside the church car park.
 
The local Bush Inn has a good reputation for excellent food and Real Ales.  They also have B & B accommodation. 
 
As the area is very sparsely populated, it is recommended that you visit the North Cornwall Accommodation page on this website for some useful links.
 
Plan Your Trip
Getting There
 
- By Car   Morwenstow is about 7 miles (11 km) north of the coastal town of Bude.  Take the A39 Bideford to Bude road (Atlantic Highway) and follow the signs to Morwenstow.  The village is about 3 miles (4.8 km) off the A39.  At the shop follow the signs to Morwenstow Church.
 
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