Crantock Beach lies on the North Cornwall coast just across the estuary of the River Gannel at Newquay. The sandy beach faces northwest sheltered by the headlands of West Pentire and Pentire.
Backed by high, shifting dunes, Crantock Beach is quite large at low tide. However as the tide turns, the beach disappears rapidly due to its flat nature.
The village of Crantock lies about half a mile inland and facilities not found there can be found at Newquay, a couple of miles or so to the northeast.
There are a large number of visitor attractions and things to do in Newquay, but for those needing to get away from it all, there are fine walks south along the South West Coast Path from Crantock around West Pentire towards Holywell Bay and ultimately Perranporth, or north to Newquay, Porth and Watergate Bay.
In high season, end May to Mid September, people wishing to cross the River Gannel to Newquay can use the small 'Fern Pit Ferry' at high water for a small charge. If the tide is out simply cross the footbridge for free. The excellent 'Fern Pit Café' lies on the northern bank and like the ferry is seasonal. A family run business, it offers that something a little different to the normal bustle of Newquay and effectively connects Crantock with Newquay.
✔ Flora and Fauna
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Family friendly
✔ Lifeguard in summer
✔ Good Surfing
OS Explorer Map 104: Redruth & St Agnes
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Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:
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