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Skrinkle Haven & Church Doors

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Skrinkle Haven

Skrinkle Haven and Church Doors are two neighbouring small coves separated by a limestone headland. A free car park with two cycle stands is situated on the cliff top adjacent to the coastal path. It can be reached by turning off the B4585 (Manorbier Road) in Skrinkle village and continuing past the artillery range and youth hostel to the end of the road. To reach the beach follow the coast path westwards for about 300 yards. Steep concrete steps lead to a metal stairway (140 steps total) which desends to Church Doors cove. The high arch which gives the cove its name is directly in front. Skrinkle Haven can be reached by walking around the limestone headland but this is only possible for a short period on some low tides. Another means of access is a narrow, slippery cave which pierces the headland and ends in a rockpool.

The beaches are sand, backed by rocks and pebbles with high cliffs of limestone, changing to Old Red sandstone on the west side of Skrinkle Haven. Also on the far (west) side of Skrinkle Haven a slightly overgrown path with steep steps leads back to the coast path, but this path has been closed, supposedly because of falling rocks. Despite this, and a metal fence across at the top, it still seems fairly well used. These beaches are best visited around the low tide period.

Dogs are allowed, but may need to be carried on the metal stairway which has open tread steps. The car park is listed as a Dark Sky discovery site - an area largely free from light pollution, suitable for star-gazing pernoctations.

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Skrinkle Haven
Skrinkle Haven
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There is 1 review for this beach :
Name : Cheryl
Date : 29 Sep 2014
Comment : Gorgeous, and really peaceful when we were there, but the steps are not for the faint hearted!
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