Crantock Beach

Crantock beach forms a  vast expanse of beautiful golden sand between Pentire and West Pentire headlands. At the southern end of the beach are high cliffs providing some shelter from the wind. To the north is the mouth of the River Gannel, very much diminished from it's heyday when it was a navigable port. 

Much of the beach is backed by high sand dunes which go back a considerable distance forming an area known as Rushy Green. Criss-crossed with paths these grassy dunes are also an important wildlife habitat.

Towards the western end of the beach is a large gap in the cliffs with a cave known as Piper's Hole. The steep cliffs here are a haven for seabirds and at low tide you can explore the cave which has carvings dating back over 100 years.

Barley 15 minutes drive outside of Newquay it can feel like a different world here - handy for avoiding the summer crowds.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

RNLI lifeguards daily from 19 May - 30 September

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed all year

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OS grid ref.

SW 7842 6071


Beach kiosk serving refreshments during the summer months


There is a beach car park in the town or use the Bowjie Inn car park. Alternatively, park up on Pentire Headland

Crantock Beach Reviews

Just perfect

Apr 26th 2022

Unspoilt beautiful. What a little gem. Car park toilets and a cafe truck on the beach. No commercial gimmicks or frilly bits needed. Would highly recommend xx

Great beach

Oct 24th 2021

Lovely beach, just watch out going into the Gannel (runs beside beach).
Many are getting stuck in the sand. It’s ok just be careful. Vast amount of Sandy beach - back next year hopefully.


Oct 10th 2021

Nearly died trying to get up the very steep cove on Crantock beach couldn’t breath…. NO LIFE GUARD OR HELP ANYWHERE….Not disabled friendly at all….

Secret in Newquay

Jun 30th 2021

I must have been to Newquay 50 times and only discovered this beach earlier this year.  I will be back

Crantock, Newquay, Cornwall

Mrs P Taylor
Apr 27th 2019

We have been visiting Crantock for 55 years this June, 2019 and it is still as beautiful and virtually unspoilt compared with Newquay. For the first time this April, we have seen the development of a new housing estate on the outskirts of the village! Polly Joke is our favourite cove to walk to from Treago Farm or along the footpaths along the coast from Crantock sand dunes over the headlands, or along the Gannel from Pen Pol. Hopefully we can return again next year to see the beautiful spring flowers, fields of cowslips and primroses, bluebells even along the cliff tops and lanes.