Walks visiting Crantock beach

The beach at Crantock, Cornwall

Crantock beach is a dune-backed beach south of Newquay across which the River Gannel runs. Due to the strong currents associated with the tidal river, the northern area of the beach is not recommended for swimming. The best place to swim is towards the southern side, backed by the cliffs of West Pentire.

  • 2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    West Pentire and Polly Joke

    2.2 miles/3.6 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk through the poppy fields of West Pentire to Polly Joke beach, returning over the headland to "the pink pub" that was a cowshed until the mid-20th Century.

  • 4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

    Crantock and The Gannel

    Crantock and The Gannel

    4.5 miles/7.2 km - Easy-moderate

    A circular walk along the River Gannel from Crantock, originally settled by Celtic monks whose chapel is thought may be buried beneath the dunes

  • 4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    Holywell to Crantock

    Holywell to Crantock

    4.7 miles/7.5 km - Moderate

    A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock, returning via the poppy fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area.

  • 6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    Holywell Bay to Newquay

    6.9 miles/11.2 km - Moderate

    A one-way coastal walk, made circular via an initial bus journey, from Holywell Bay along the coast and Gannel estuary to Newquay, passing the beaches of Porth Joke and Crantock and the headland of West Pentire where there is a spectacular display of red-and-gold wildflowers in June.

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