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The Area of Outstanding Naturel Beauty Section from Morwenstow to Kilkhampton has superb coastal scenery, with coastal heathland meeting granite cliffs.

Secluded and intimate valleys are clothed in broad-leaved woodlands, small hamlets and isolated farmsteads. Morwenstow Church and Hawker’s Hut are distinctive features. Narrow lanes weave up and down the steep valley sides and cross streams on numerous small stone bridges.

A high plateau of carboniferous sandstones and slates, known as the Culm Measures, meet the sea in sheer cliffs often 140m high. Deeply incised valleys run at right angles to the cliffs. They are well covered in woodland, some of which is ancient. This landscape, with its many remnants of the medieval period and superb coastal scenery, remains one of the less well known parts of the Cornish landscape. A sparsely populated area, there are isolated farmsteads and a few single-track roads weaving up the valley sides.