Crantock Bay provides an ideal holiday destination for families. The beach at Crantock offers holiday makers and families over a mile of level high quality sand and sand dunes, with plenty of rock pools and caves to explore at low tide along the edges of the West Pentire and East Pentire Headlands. The cliff line along Crantock Bay’s western edge provides a degree of shelter to the beach. The southern edge of the beach is lined by sand dunes and Marram grass- creating a nature haven for the local wildlife and a great place for the children to explore.
Crantock Bay looks out onto the Atlantic, making it a popular surfer’s beach and is patrolled by the Lifeguards during the peak season. The Eastern edge of the beach, by the River Gannel, is not however suitable for swimming, due to the tidal nature of the river. Crantock’s beach is a popular for swimming, fishing, snorkelling, surfing, wind surfing and canoeing. Safe, swimming and body boarding areas are designated by between the red and yellow flags on the main beachwith all surfing and between the black and white chequered flags.Crantock Beach Facilities
The beach has a range of facilities, including cafes, surf hire, toilets and parking.
The Fern Pit Café lies just below the East Pentire Headland ( on the Eastern banks of the River Gannel – just across from the main beach). The picturesque Café and Boathouse has some stunning views of both the beach and the river. The café provides a range of sandwiches and light refreshments, as well as their own locally caught lobster and crab. Adjacent to the Fern Pit café is a small path leading to the Ferry – a small boat that runs across the river from East Pentire to Crantock Beach at high tide, when the small footbridge is not available.
On the main beach at Crantock, there is a small kiosk located at the River Gannel end of Crantock Beach . TheCrantock Beach Kiosk operates during peak season, supplying a range of snacks, andwiches, beverages, ice creams, hot and cold drinks. Windbreaks, sun loungers, deckchairs, and sun parasols are also available to hire from the kiosk.
Surf Hire, (surf boards and wetsuits) is also available at the beach from a converted shipping container -located on the beach, at the edge of the sand dunes, just a little way down from the kiosk.
Dogs are allowed on Crantock Beach all year round
The village of Crantock retains much of its original old fashioned charm and character. Large parts of the local parish are now in the ownership of the National Trust, including West Pentire headland which is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest – noted for its wonderful wild flowers and rare plants. The famous South West Coast Path follows the seaward side of the parish – along the edge of Crantock Bay and around West Pentire towards Holywell Bay. The older part of the village is situated around its church which is dedicated to St Carantoc, founder of the village.
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