Crantock Beach is on a lot of peoples list of favourite Cornish beaches. It’s up there with some of the best, but on the other hand a lot of people have never set their bare toes on this vast golden sandy beach!

We took a mini holiday to Crantock to explore this North Cornish village a little more. With a long sandy beach that stretched from the cliffs across to The Gannel River and up the estuary banks you can explore this area for hours along the Cornish coast path.

There’s a little boat that takes you across the river and over onto Newquay’s Pentire Headland where you can follow the South West coast path around Newquay and North towards Watergate Bay and Bedruthan Steps.

Crantock beach

the gannel river crossing

Crantock Beach

There’s such a vast expanse of sand it’s hard to even know where to sit. There’s a National Trust car park nestled in behind the sand dunes where you can hire surf equipment and sign up for lessons. Once you make it down to the sand there is a vast beach to the left, and a sandy beach stretching up the river to your right. In the summer season the lifeguards patrol the whole area, but make sure you only swim within the red and yellow flags…

Depending on the conditions you may be treated to some excellent surf conditions here, or just perch yourself on the sand and watch the action.

For more of Cornwall’s wonderful finds read our blog which highlights Cornwalls best Beaches.

The gannel beach, crantock

beach days in Crantock and Newquay

The Gannel at high tide


We camped at Trevella Park which is a lovely walk from the beach along the banks of the River Gannel, but there are lots of other campsites in the area too. You may want to just do a day trip to Crantock, or stay in nearby Newquay or Holywell Bay and take the short drive.


We tried The Bowgie Inn while we were on our staycation, or you could venture across to Newquay and eat at Rick Stein Fistral for seafood and curry! The C-Bay is also perched high on the cliffs above Crantock, and Lewinnick Lodge on Pentire Headland overlooks Fistral Beach.

The Gannel River Estuary, Newquay

Crantock sand dunes, newquay

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